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Project by Andy posted 11-16-2016 03:07 PM 1716 views 24 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is the result of playing around with scraps of wood and trying to come up with another way to feature a great piece of Ziricote that I wanted to use for the panel.

The body is Claro Walnut. The curved design on the lower half of the box was made by drawing the design on a piece of plywood and cutting it out on the bandsaw. After smoothing out the lines I attached it to the walnut board that I would be using for the body using double stick tape. Then, with a router and a top bearing pattern bit I removed about 1/8” of material just to define the shape. I then used a Foredom with a small burr and carved in the textured surface. Then I cut/mitered my box sides to size.
After the box was glued up I inserted the splines. The ones that were in the textured area stuck out like a cockroach on a wedding cake, but I simply blended them in using the Foredom and burr. Pretty simple really.

The lid is the same walnut with the center removed and the edges dyed black. I then sliced off a 1/2” piece off the sides and set that aside for later.
I then made a jig to hold this frame with the Ziricote panel spaced equally from all sides using spacers. I then drilled 1/8” holes for the brass rods that would hold the panel. I took it apart and beveled,sanded and finished the panel and inserted the rods and then glued on the 1/2” strips of Walnut to cover the holes. Then I cut a Paduak panel for the back and cut a rabbet around the edges to allow it to fit up into the frame, but just enough to clear the Ziricote panel to ensure it wouldn’t bottom out. After testing I radiused the edges and finished it.
I then finished fitting the lid to the box and inserted the hinge pins.

The base is White Oak that has been charred and then wire brushed to accentuate the grain. India ink was used to even out the black.

The corner splines are Gaboon Ebony.

The handle is Macassar Ebony.

The Interior:
I quit worrying about making sensible, usable dividers, (a functional jewelry box), a few years ago. I don’t enjoy making them and they take ME too long to make. Sooo….I spend three times as long playing around with ideas …. fitting pieces…scrapping the whole idea….and starting over…until I like the results….go figure :-)
I took a piece of live edge Myrtlewood and scooped out three trays that flow into each other…sort of like tide pools. The rippled edge reminded me of an eroded canyon face and that led me to thinking of a bridge to span the chasm that could hold rings or…..something. The black velvet resembles a lake and acts as another tray.
Funny how the brain works.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 03:10 PM

Wow, Andy, you do amazing work. This box is beautiful !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 03:17 PM


-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-16-2016 03:17 PM

Another great tweak on the box designs you do. Really beautiful. The work on the body is really unique and I like it a lot. Got to try that sometime (on the long list of things we all want to try in our shops).
Appreciate as always you sharing your work with us and describing the process.

-- Gary in OP

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#5 posted 11-16-2016 03:18 PM

Very stunning.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 11-16-2016 03:19 PM

What a great project, way to think outside the box! Hate to admit it, pun was intended. Lol. Love the design and colors. At first I think might be to dark, then the more you look the more you love it. Had to laugh about your comment on doing the inside of the box. So true for a lot of us….

Great work as always buddy!!!!!! Best to the family.

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2016 03:19 PM

Andy, your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

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

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#8 posted 11-16-2016 03:26 PM

Fantastic box! The texture reminds me of tobacco pipes that have been “rusticated”.

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#9 posted 11-16-2016 05:14 PM


-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 11-16-2016 05:14 PM

Dam Andy! Shock and awe! Great integration of shape, form, color and texture. You are the master of art boxes. Something I desire to do but probably will never achieve this level of craft.

Thanks for telling us how as well.

Great to see the master at work again!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 11-16-2016 05:25 PM

Your work is absolutely beautiful! What you do with wood is so Awesome!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 11-16-2016 05:46 PM

Every box I say.. that’s my new favorite… this on is no exception. Great work as usual Andy.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#13 posted 11-16-2016 06:01 PM

Awesome design and workmanship!

-- 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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#14 posted 11-16-2016 06:18 PM

Wow that’s a great looking box and really speaks for the creativity of the craftsman. Great job, Andy. Beautiful work.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 11-16-2016 06:26 PM

I think what everyone has said is what I should express and just sit here and gaze upon this beautiful piece of art good golly Andy, this really stirs me up inside, every detail adds upon the other and by the time I’m done all of the emotion that this stirs comes flooding down like an avalanche , to me this is supreme, thank you so much for sharing it with us, this reveals much more than the making of a gorgeous box .

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

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