Andy Inspired Designer Boxes

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Project by blockhead posted 12-08-2009 08:22 PM 2698 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some boxes I made for Christmas presents for my family. These are a spin-off of Andy's designer boxes he made for his grand kids. His are sculpted and shaped, which I would have liked to do with these, but I just did not have the time. Its always so busy this time of year.

The boxes are made from padauk, quilted maple, brazilian cherry, olive wood, black walnut and a small ebony detail on one of the handles. I made the two handles on the padauk boxes, but I really wanted something silver against the padauk lids so those handles are store bought. It kinda felt like cheating, but I do like silver on red. The bottoms are lined with green vinyl.

They are about 6 1/2”x 4 1/2” and 2 3/4” high. I finished them with wipe on poly which Andy suggested and is my first time using. Thanks for looking and any comments/suggestions/critique are appreciated. Thanks again Andy!

-- 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 12-08-2009 08:36 PM

Wow! Each one is as nice as the next. These are going to make really nice presents.
Thx for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 08:41 PM

nicely done – curly maple is my favorite wood

-- -erik & christy-

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 08:49 PM

nice boxes

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 09:22 PM

These are really beautiful. Great job!

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

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 09:28 PM

Nice work, I really like the look of the 2 quilted maple boxes. The contrasting lids really set it off.

-- CKM - Minnesota

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 10:25 PM

Awesome Job, Brad!! Like has been said, they’re all very beautiful!! Everybody that gets one is going to love it!!

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

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 10:31 PM

wow…youve been busy…very nice gifts…i realy enjoy doing boxes and enjoy seeing yours…thank you

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

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 10:41 PM

Those are really great looking boxes Brad. You did a superb job on all of them. The recepients will be quite pleased.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 11:12 PM

Brad, these are gorgeous boxes. You chose a nice set of woods and individualizing each box makes it unique. These are going to be great gifts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 12-08-2009 11:50 PM

Thanks a lot LJ’s! I really needed the encouragement. My last project, which is sitting in the corner of my shop, didn’t turn out so well. I think it will make a nice box for holding screws.

-- 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 12-09-2009 02:31 AM

these are real nice remixes to andy’s boxes i wish u had the time to sculpt them though that would have been so much nicer.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 12-09-2009 02:47 AM

Super special boxes Brad great job

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 12-09-2009 03:14 AM

Fantastic herd of boxes. Lots of great color combo’s. They say it is easier to make more then one at a time, after this group, what do you think?

Keep it up.


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

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#15 posted 12-09-2009 03:34 AM

Thanks again for all the kind words.
Scrappy- I wouldn’t say it was easier, but it definitely wasn’t difficult. I just made kind of an assembly line and tried to be efficient.
bigike- yeah, I would’ve liked to have shaped them. Next year, I will be sure to give myself a lot more time to do what I want. I still have a lot more to do before Christmas.

-- 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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