Seashell Box

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Project by Andy posted 2513 days ago 3125 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design was originally featured in WOOD magazine about 15 years ago. The body is bandsawn, and the scalloped look of the top being achieved with a little carving.

I made this box for my wife ,Marilyn. I added the Maple overlay just to be differant.It was quite a challenge getting the lines crisp where they join the Purpleheart. As you can see, the inside is bandsawn to match the outside. It would be much simpler just to cut an arch, but this is a nicer look I think.

You can easily hold this in your hand. It is about 5 1/2’’ L x 3 1/2’’ W x 2’’ tall.

The Purpleheart sometimes changes color over time to a reddish brown,as this piece has.
The finish is Deft lacquer.

Tip: You may want to start off with a soft wood. There is a lot of detail sanding and Purpleheart is very hard.

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

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#1 posted 2513 days ago

Beautiful, Andy! The top started off flat and you ground/sanded the shape to it?

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

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#2 posted 2513 days ago

Thanks Charlie! Yes,thats correct. The lines from the body are indexed to the front edge of the lid, then you take a small handsaw and angle cut from front to back on a taper,then chisel away on each side forming the valleys.

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

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#3 posted 2513 days ago

sweet box. very well done.

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

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#4 posted 2513 days ago

That looks fantastic

-- Billp

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#5 posted 2513 days ago

Outstanding box – how is the top attached? Is it pinned?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 2513 days ago

Thanks guys.
@Bill-the top is glued to the block and brass pins come in from the sides to let it pivot.

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

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#7 posted 2513 days ago


Very nice. Good combination of timbers. Are you considering a larger version, sometime?


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Damian Penney

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#8 posted 2513 days ago

Very nice indeed, the proportions are spot on.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 2513 days ago

Andy, this is beautiful. I like the way you’ve laminated a contrasting color Maple to the Purpleheart and then carved through it. This is somewhat similar to what you’ve done with the medallions in the other boxes you’ve showed us. Great piece!


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Gord Graff

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#10 posted 2513 days ago

WOW, I’m speechless…................and that don’t happen very often.

All the best

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#11 posted 2512 days ago

Nice work Andy. I have to put some kind of password on this site so my wife can’t get to it. She’s sees all the geat stuff you guys build and wants me to make one of everything for her ;)

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#12 posted 2512 days ago

Tony-I hadnt thought of making a larger one…good idea.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 2512 days ago

Another great design. This one may be the top of the line. It seems to me to be the most complicaled to build. It certainly is a fantastic piece. you inspire us to try harder.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 2494 days ago

Another great one!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 2486 days ago

That is soooo cool! I like that a lot.

-- Happy woodworking!

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