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Project by Andy posted 10-30-2015 02:38 PM 2355 views 15 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Panel- I found this wonderful piece of Ziricote and just had to buy it. The scene of rolling valleys and the sun breaking over the hills was immediately apparent to me, so I played around with several box designs trying to find the best way to showcase it. (The board was about 1” thick x 4” w x 40” tall and cost $85, but I will get several panels out of it, so the cost per box isn’t too bad.)

Body- Wenge. This was a bit nerve racking. I made the box, added the corner splines, fitted the lid, and was about to finish it …...but then decided that the contrast between the Wenge and Ziricote just wasn’t strong enough.
So I started up the Foredom and began grinding divots and grooves, set fire to it with a torch, and wire brushed it. After it was somewhat “smooth” I dyed it with India Ink. I have done this before but not on a high-end piece like this…I was worried about getting back a low-end piece. Then I went back and sanded the black dye off of the corner splines.

Base- I designed this style of base several years ago and use it on occasion to lend a more regal look to a box. I dont think every box benefits from it, plus it adds a lot of time to make…much fitting and tedious sanding involved.

Handle- My first time using Gaboon Ebony. Wow! Nice to work with, like cutting an acrylic, it sands very nice too. I cut the blank oversized and then cut it into 5 pieces and set a piece of Snakewood in the center and reassembled it all, then cut it to the finished size. I added these brass mosaics for accent. I use to cut a mortise and tenon to mount my handles but now I use CA. I have tested how well it holds….dont worry…it is a bear to get a handle off if you ever need to. Open grain or soft woods need to be sealed with CA first or it all soaks in and the hold is iffy.

Front Panel-I used another piece of the Ziricote for the front panel to accent, or compliment the lid. A recess was routed out and then the edges of the panel were given a small radius. I cut my panels with square corners and then hand sand the corner radius to fit one at a time… I feel that a router/template is too time consuming to fiddle with and too easy to chip off the edges.

Dividers- This was time consuming, mostly kicking around design ideas, looking for one that would pick up the box elements, but still softened things up a little. The center tray was a pain, it had to be hand fitted to get the arcs the conform to the side trays, this holds it all in place but still allows for everything to be popped out easily. Fiddle back maple, Paduak, and Wenge without the dye and then added a few medallions and accent metals.

Lacquer finish

Black Velvet…the fabric…not the booze.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 02:46 PM

Wow Andy! You’ve really outdone yourself with this box. You put a lot of time into it and it shows. You’ve done some extraordinary pieces, but I think this is my all-time favorite. Congrats on a job well done!

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#2 posted 10-30-2015 02:46 PM

Andy, this peace is fantastic. It belongs on a pedestal Super super job

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

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#3 posted 10-30-2015 02:50 PM

Wow! Andy, what a beautiful piece this box is. Fine solid craftsmanship and beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 10-30-2015 02:50 PM

So much to admire Andy. Outstanding!

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 02:51 PM

Beautiful as always Andy.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 10-30-2015 02:57 PM

Fantastic box Andy. That Ziricote is amazing.

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

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#7 posted 10-30-2015 03:00 PM

another blow out Andy, your style matches my idea of what boxes should look like, i love different styles but this is my favorite, your inserts have gotten so good, much thought put into these, i just love it, i saw it come into my inbox and got excited like a kid at christmas, thank you for sharing this masterpiece, that toppanel is fantastic, you named this perfectly…this is spot on…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-30-2015 03:03 PM

That is an amazing piece of Ziricote. Great design use of it. I had the same reaction when I saw it on the second picture – it makes for a beautiful landscape. I love to roam the lumberyard looking for things like that.
Great box as always.

-- Gary in OP

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#10 posted 10-30-2015 03:39 PM

Outstanding Box, Andy!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 10-30-2015 03:44 PM

A work of art. Beautiful.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 10-30-2015 03:47 PM

Whew! what a beaut! Andy, you really put out a one of a kind gorgeous work of art. I admire your courage to create the vision. Well done!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#13 posted 10-30-2015 03:57 PM

Striking piece! Nobody does wood combinations better than Andy. The design and the various woods flow together and complement each other wonderfully. “Design” operates on a higher plane than craftsmanship, and essential to making a complex piece like this work. Your work is exceptional, in that in includes a great deal of both. My compliments.

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

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#14 posted 10-30-2015 04:05 PM


You really raised your Bar on this one! ... New areas! ... First Natural Edge existence I think I’ve seen you use!
Beautiful… Just as Beautiful as it can get!

Beautiful horizon with Sun about to break… Nicely divided… woods second to none…

Andy, you have done the BEST of the BEST with this one!


Great Job on all facets of the project…

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 10-30-2015 04:06 PM

Wow X 10….. Andy your work is amazing and so eye catching beautiful!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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