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Project by gbear posted 09-10-2009 06:08 PM 2522 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt to reproduce one of Andy’s beautiful art boxes. I give much thanks to Andy for the detailed instructions he provided. This project requires a lot more than just building skills…you definately need some artistic ability. It has provided me with lots of new building information but I have a long way to go to build something as unique and beauthful as Andy. Thanks again Andy.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 06:12 PM

Looks pretty good to me.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 06:15 PM

Looks good nice box

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 06:26 PM

Very nice! If you have a long way to go, then I have even further to go. Andy, what did you use for finish on this beautiful box?

-- Kevin, Vancouver, WA

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 06:47 PM

If you want to make a box that looks exactly like Andy’s then perhaps you have a way to go. But if your goal was to make a great looking box that is inspired by Andy’s design – then mission accomplished!! I think this is a great design and well executed.

-- James -

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 06:58 PM

Andy will be proud!

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

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 07:33 PM

it’s a beauty … i like it

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 09:05 PM

This is great.
Much better than my first attempt.I like your wood selection and the two tone handle is very nice.
Thanks for the credit,and I am glad my instructions were clear enough.
You are definitely on the right track and I agree with Walnut Weasel (James),this is your design,so there isnt any right or wrong,its self expression,something I encourage.
I look forward to seeing more.

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

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 10:44 PM

Great job

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 10:55 PM

Holy smokes. That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#10 posted 09-10-2009 11:40 PM

Man, I better get my butt in gear and try one of these. Andy we can’t thank you enough, and gbear, GREAT JOB. I like the handle. Everyone that follows Andy’s tutorial, should try to put something a little unique in just to let the ideas flow. The handle was a nice touch. Has anyone thought of a different shape, oval, diamond, using Andy’s same techniques? I’m thinking about using some of Bibbs’ rosewood for the lid for those of you who were lucky enough to grab some of that…

Andy, I hope you know what your post has done for so many of us. and Gbear I’m very impressed.

On another note, I’m at 334 days on LJs (almost one year). About 1.5 years ago I had a circular saw and a jig saw. Now I’m so addicted, I actually tell people I’m a “woodworker”

I’m not trying to get too sentimental, but I haven’t been this affected by anything (excluding marriage/kids etc) since the invention of fantasy football, which says a lot!

Keep up the great work everyone!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#11 posted 09-11-2009 01:51 AM

You did a great job and Andy did a great job with his tutitorial.

-- Billp

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#12 posted 09-11-2009 03:32 AM

Thanks to all for viewing and the comments. Vulture…the finish is lacquer. Cocobolo is a very oily wood and difficult to finish as those with oil will not dry. Thanks again.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#13 posted 09-19-2009 11:22 AM

Great job gbear! Beautiful woods and well executed. You’re right, Andy’s tutorial is wonderful. I also made a box following his blog which I hope to have posted in a day or two. Again, beautiful work gbear and thanks for posting!!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#14 posted 09-23-2009 08:02 PM

Great box, well executed, that Andy sure can inspire us.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 09-23-2009 09:34 PM

Well done! The lines and woods are exquisite. I love the contrasting splines on the corners…..the handle and the top.

Great inspiration…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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