Andy Inspired Art Box

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Project by blockhead posted 1804 days ago 3338 views 19 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take from Andy’s wonderful Art Box tutorial. I was going for a bold, rocky type of look. This is my first of these boxes and wanted to keep it simple, so I added a second handle for a lift off lid. It’s made from figured myrtlewood, black walnut and purpleheart splines. This is my first attempt at the splines. They didn’t come out as well as I would have liked. Before making anything else with splines, I will definitely be getting a flat top saw blade. I shaped the box with a 5” disc sander drill attachment, followed by A LOT of hand sanding. This is also my first time using myrtlewood. I was very surprised at how much the color changed with just a couple coats of oil.

If you haven’t checked out Andy’s tutorial, I highly recommend it. A big thanks to Andy for the tutorial and his patience with my pestering questions. As always, any comments and/or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- 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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#1 posted 1804 days ago

very well done … nice variation from original design … the corners look like bricks …very cool

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

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#2 posted 1804 days ago

very awesome box. Well done

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#3 posted 1804 days ago

thats a well done box. keep up the good work

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#4 posted 1804 days ago

Looks great almost looks like stone

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#5 posted 1804 days ago

You guys are starting to make this look too easy. I can’t wait for my shoulder to get better. As soon as I’m back in the shop, this is my first project.

Way to go! And thanks again to Andy!!!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#6 posted 1804 days ago

I wish I could find wood like that, that is one great looking box, really great job

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 1804 days ago

Very nice…it looks like marble.

-- Vince

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#8 posted 1804 days ago

a nice gift, it reminds me of the sea shells or coral, is very able///

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#9 posted 1804 days ago

Fantastic “Art Box” Another success from Andy’s tutorial. Nice veriation in design. You scored well on the natural brick/rock look. Nice change with the lift off lid. Show the tutorial is just a guide to help you along.

Very well done.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 1804 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words LJ’s, they are much appreciated!

-- 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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#11 posted 1804 days ago

Wow! Just got up and saw this…very, very nice work, Brad!!
Looks like Andy has created a monster and set him loose in the world!! (But I mean that in the best possible way!) :)
Beautiful Job! That Myrtlewood is outstanding, and perfectly set-off by the Walnut and Purpleheart…Love it!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 1804 days ago

I will leave these boxes to you and Andy.. I will stick with the boards.. LOL
You seem to have achieved the goal you set yourself. Well Done..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 1804 days ago

your box turned out great. And I have to thank Andy for sharing with us.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 1804 days ago

I love it. It is very different from the everyday boxes you see, keep up the good work!

-- Robert-maine

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#15 posted 1804 days ago

Great job! Very beautiful Myrtle Hardwood.

-- Dennis Zongker

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