|Project by blockhead||posted 03-07-2010 04:06 AM||2114 views||9 times favorited||22 comments|
This is my second attempt at an Andy styled art box. This one is a bit more traditional than my first. I decided on the hinge pinned lid this go around. I kept the shaping to a minimum and tried to accentuate the grain, but I will definitely need more practice at that. It isn’t as easy as Andy makes it look, at least not for me anyway.
The medallion, I think, is a piece of slightly spalted walnut sapwood that I bought from the $3/lb bin at Woodcrafters. To me, it kind of looks like a ghostly figure with the head in the top right corner, the knot for an eye and a long flowing tail, hence the name, Spirit. I had a little blow out on the edge of the medallion during shaping. I tried to prevent this with a few drops of super glue, which did work in the “eye” and bottom knot area. The main lid is zebra wood and the box body is Oregon walnut. The pictures don’t really capture the great colors in the walnut. The splines are maple with a padauk accent and the handle is blackwood. The dividers are padauk and teak which are slightly shaped as well. The small medallion in the box in the upper right hand corner was made by my daughter when she was about seven.
The dimensions are about 14”l x 8”w and 4”h. I sanded to 800 grit then followed that with 0000 steel wool and then a good buffing with cheesecloth. It’s finished with three coats of Minwax Antique Oil. I want to thank Andy again for his inspiration and patience with my questions. As always, your comments and 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.