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Project by Andy posted 09-26-2015 01:24 PM 2108 views 8 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a place for this special piece of curly Oregon Maple (aka Big Leaf Maple).
It is set into a frame of Brazilian Rosewood bordered with Maple and Wenge.
The handle is Wenge and Paduak.
The body is also Brazilian Rosewood.
The trays are Myrtlewood and Paduak.
Finish is lacquer.
Picture 5 shows the magnets used to keep the trays in place. This allows for easy removal or the trays can be flipped front to back if desired.

Picture 3 shows how the handle nestles into the body. It is tedious work but I really like the results.

My thoughts:
I have to say that the deep valleys and high ridges in this maple panel cannot be appreciated in these photos. I am always impressed how this works. When holding the box and turning away from the correct angle of light the effect flattens out and you can see how the grain turns in different directions and the shading changes. But when looking at it up close, it seems impossible that I cannot “feel” the textures. I look at it and try to see how this optical illusion works and it hurts my head, it simply looks too real. I never tire of wood like this.

Thanks for looking.
Andy

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





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Gary

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 01:42 PM

Very beautiful box Andy.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 01:59 PM

nice nice.
Glad to see your working.. and your work.
Thanks

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 02:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Andy. You sure know how to showcase a hunk of wood!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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whitedog

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 02:03 PM

Love the trays…. and everything else.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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drewpy

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 02:21 PM

Very nice Andy. Everything about it is top notch.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 02:28 PM

your work always impresses but I really like your custom interiors..

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 02:39 PM

Great looking project and great photography for us to appreciate the finished piece!

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rance

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 02:41 PM

That is a really nice one Andy. Your workmanship is superb.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 02:41 PM

Love the medallion effect on all your small boxes, but Bigleaf is in my top five lumbers and that piece just sings. Great work, and great interior layout. Bottom line: beautiful inside and out!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 09-26-2015 02:48 PM

Wow this is so beautiful your boxes are alway amazing Andy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Gary

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#11 posted 09-26-2015 02:59 PM

Absolutely beautiful. You came up with an outstanding design on this one.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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bigike

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#12 posted 09-26-2015 03:11 PM

Anytime i get an email of you posting a new project i hav to stop an take a look, your projects always inspire me. The best thing about your boxes/projects is their one off/one of a kind. Thanks for another great project.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#13 posted 09-26-2015 03:12 PM

More incredible work Andy!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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shipwright

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#14 posted 09-26-2015 03:26 PM

Good to see you Andy. I’ve missed you around here.
This is another sweet piece of work. I really like the outside the box creativity that you put inside your boxes.
You make the most imaginative “trays and dividers” around. Also, I think curly big leaf maple is about my favourite wood.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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RogerBean

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#15 posted 09-26-2015 03:52 PM

Andy,
I’ll echo Paul. Good to see you back. Lovely box, done with you signature panache. No one does this kind of box better. You set a high bar.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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