First attempt at "Art Box"

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Project by rrlumber posted 1813 days ago 2321 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok – so I went through Andy’s Art Box blog and decided that I really liked the organic feel of the box he created and wanted to play around with it. This is my first attempt. I used a small air grinder that I purchased at Harbor Freight for $17 and some 3” 40 grit sanding disk. I used all 1/2 walnut for the box. This was more of an experiment with learning the grinding technique. I tried different approaches on each side of the box. I think my favorite was the back of the box where I used a more layered approach.

I have to say it was easier than I thought. A lot of that can be contributed to Andy’s excellent blog on how to do this. The only part that really gave me any trouble was the inside rabbit. You really have to watch that the router does not get away from you on this.

The only part I am really not happy with is the handle… Kind of sticks out like a chunk.

Thanks again Andy… I am looking forward to doing more of this type of “Art” in my woodworking.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#1 posted 1813 days ago

Nice box man! I think what you don’t like about the handle is the grain flow. I think it would look better going with the box instead of against. It is already contrasted so further “drawing of the eye” is not needed. Thats my two cents. I do like the waves. Awesome job.

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#2 posted 1813 days ago

great looking box ! I like it very much …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 1813 days ago

Nice going on this first try…Andy did a nice blog on this box. I plan on trying one in the near future. Thanks for posting…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 1813 days ago

amazing first art box very cool

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#5 posted 1813 days ago

Great job, I have his blog all printed out just waiting for time to try my hand at making a box.

Thanks for posting, it makes me want to get out and start mine.

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#6 posted 1813 days ago

be careful, they’re highly addictive once you get the hand of making them!

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#7 posted 1813 days ago

A first attempt…one would think you’d been making them for years with the quality of this one.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 1813 days ago

Fantastic box. You took Andy’s blog and made it your own! Love the waves. I think I like the ones on the top the best. They are the most “free flowing”

Fantastic build. You can honestly say, your “experiment” with the grinder turned out very nice.

Keep it up.


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#9 posted 1813 days ago

Great job! First attempt aye! I would be very proud of that don’t sell your self short!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#11 posted 1813 days ago

Beautiful box! Very impressive for your first art box. The lines are so fluid that the box seems to move!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 1813 days ago

Great looking box.Can’t wait to try one. Looks like Andy has us all hooked.

-- Mike Wix

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#13 posted 1813 days ago

This is a nice first attempt.I like the contrasting wood of your handle and agree with you about its size.But dont worry too much,I have second thoughts with every box I do.I think that is what motivates us to make another.The shaping has a natural flow to it.Well done!

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

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#14 posted 1813 days ago

Andy did a great job on his blog and you did a fantastic job with your first one. You really did get a nice flow with your lines. Super job and I’m hope we see some more in the future. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#15 posted 1813 days ago

For the first box it looks realy GREAT.

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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