Sculpted Valet Box

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Project by mrsKennyMak posted 07-08-2014 05:04 PM 985 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another sculpted Groovy Box—thanks once again to Andy for the inspiration!
Size: Approx. 11.5 × 8.75 × 6.0”

Body: black walnut
Tray: black walnut
Dividers (2): black walnut and eastern maple
Underside of lid: aromatic cedar weave
Frame (trim on top of lid): eastern maple
Hardware: stainless steel pin-style hinges; warded lock
Lining (box interior): black velvet flocking
Finish: polymerized tung oil; elbow grease

Kenny’s commentary:
“This time, I started out with thicker wood (2cm), and I wanted the valleys in the grooves to be 1cm deep, so I marked the spots and drilled 1-centimeter-deep holes (just a splinter deeper than 3/8”) at the marks. (Which sure felt weird—drilling holes in this slab of beautiful black walnut!) Then I carved out the grooves all over the box.

“On the lid’s top, the frame—is “frame” the correct technical term?—around the black walnut centre is eastern maple; and on the underside of the lid is an aromatic cedar weave. On the weave, each slat is sanded only, which contrasts with the left- and right-hand “anchors,” both of which have been sealed with tung oil wood sealer and three coats of polymerized tung oil. (The anchors were a new design revision, which I’ll be doing with the weaves from now on, to prevent the effects of the ever-changing climate. Also a first for me is the small warded lock, which added a nice touch, I thought.)

“The removable black walnut tray has a permanent divider that halves it lengthwise; and inside each half is an ornamental divider (both are black walnut and eastern maple), which can be slid back and forth (but not removed).”

Thank you all for the viewing! Maureen & Kenny.

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 05:13 PM

Absolutely amazing!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 05:51 PM

Very very nice…! I like the maple accents and the trays/dividers also.You did a great job sculpting it and I know you husband must be very proud. I have been trying to get my wife interested in woodworking and she has absolutely no interest.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 08:49 PM

Very nice work. Great finish also.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 10:41 PM

Sweet box, great colors and the joinery is spot on!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 12:10 AM

I’ll just parrot what Andy said!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 01:03 AM

Great looking bax

-- Norman

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#7 posted 07-09-2014 01:07 AM

Your box is a thing of beauty!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#8 posted 07-09-2014 06:42 AM

Maureen, how is Kenny’s application to various studios coming along? This is marvelous work inside and out. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 07-09-2014 01:08 PM

This is a show piece in my book. Beautiful and well made. Great work on the dividers.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#10 posted 07-14-2014 05:51 PM

Thanks all, for the compliments!
The following is from Kenny:

“Thank you, everybody, for your comments! It’s very encouraging.
“I hit a bit of a slump, a while back; but I’ve had a burst of positive energy, and am thinking that lots of new projects are on the horizon. The icing on the cake is all the great compliments, so thank you again!”

And hi and thanks, Alan—as for the galleries, we’re still in the process of putting together two submission packages for jurying (end of July and end of August), but thank you for asking! We’re optimistic and will keep you posted!

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 04:25 PM

Beautifully crafted! I have yet to make an “Andy” box (it is on the List). I have done the drill to depth thing and understand that ‘weird’ feeling of which you speak, thought I’d never get to the bottom of it! The cedar weaving is new to me. AN unexpected pleasent surprise when opening a jewelry box! Thanks for sharing, Maureen and Kenny!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 08-04-2014 05:11 PM

You’re welcome, Candy; and thank You for the compliment!
—maureen & kenny.

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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