Eye Candy

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Project by Andy posted 01-31-2010 08:13 AM 14504 views 86 times favorited 119 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came up with this concept several months back. Like most woodworkers, I too had been saving the small cut offs of many types of woods, some even having inlays in them and they reminded me of a bag of Allsorts licorice. They were too small to do anything with, but I kept hording them anyway, knowing something would come to mind. Thats when the candy dish idea started forming, but I wasnt sure how to proceed.
So I started by making the basic box and then added the fat corner spline to the lower right front just to add some visual tension, to mix things up a little. It was intended to draw attention and add a whimsical feel to this box. The Fat Boy spline is a banded inlay, just strips of maple, bloodwood and wenge of varying thicknesses, fitted in tight and sanded flush, then the maple box body was sanded away which gives it the raised look. Then I started making the candies and played with several styles, discarding many, most of the small piece of wood I had intended to use, and which started this entire project rolling, didnt work after all. It was too random of a pattern of candy sizes and colors, and almost impossible to fit in the tray neatly and even harder to look at. So I started over, making all new candies and after a few weeks things started to come together. But then other bits of life happened along and this had to wait about 6 weeks. A recent trip to Disneyland, last November was one of those things that happened along, and it had an influence on the shaping and overall feel that this box evokes. I am not really copying anything in particular I saw while I was in the Park…its just more of a feeling…happy and contented I guess.
I wanted this box to look fun, if thats possible :-)

The box has very deep sculpting, the 3/4’’ sides are down to about 1/4’’ thick in a few places.
It is so easy to get carried away with the shaping, I was getting close to sanding through and exposing the edge of the bottom panel.

Update Sunday 7 pm: I posted 4 more photos and will add a few more with a little info in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading,

I won first place in a contest at Router Forums!

This won First place in the Fine Woodworking “Scraptacular”contest.
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And Third place in the LJ contest.
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Mike and Matti Clark

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

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 08:17 AM

Wow Andy
How can you top yourself like this . This is eye candy amazing seems to be your norm. Thanks for all the great projects you share with us.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 08:19 AM

Looks fantastic! I wanted to eat those M&Ms on the front :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 08:19 AM

Very cool

-- Vince

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 08:19 AM

Amazing and fun :).

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 08:28 AM

You should be happy and content! That is just amazing! I don’t get it and never will. I love the lid and how it sits inside. You guys just amaze me with your boxes!

-- Janice

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 08:48 AM

Superb box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 12:25 PM

You go from strength to strength Andy. Simply exquisite!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 12:40 PM

look easy?? To whom???
wonderful creation. Definitely a whole bunch of stuff happening that all contributes to the whole. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 01:11 PM

Wow and one more wow from Rick..

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

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 01:28 PM

A lot more fun to make things “for fun” than for profit. Very cool!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 01:49 PM

nice now u have chocolate and candy it goes together. the other box u made look like a candybar and this one looks like a dish full of candy i just want to eat them up they both look so saweeeeeeeeet.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 02:07 PM

I’m with MsDebbie that sure doesn’t look easy to me. That is a fantastic piece, the design the wood, everything. Well done.

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#13 posted 01-31-2010 02:57 PM


Outstanding!!! I usually prefer symmetry, but I love it anyway.
It makes me want to snatch it from the computer monitor, so that I can touch it, open it, and explore all the details. 2 photos just aren’t enough.

If it wasn’t easy for you, it’s near impossible for me.
I’ve been meaning to build an “Andy” box. I need to get some more wood.

-- Steve--

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#14 posted 01-31-2010 03:19 PM

Andy, this is a wonderful box. And a great use of those scraps that we just can’t seem to throw away.

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

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#15 posted 01-31-2010 03:34 PM

Fantastic piece of art! (or is it pieces?)haha Wonderfull design. Lots of attention to detail. Great wood combos and wonderfull use of scraps.

Your talent is astounding. Keep up the inspireing work.


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

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