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Project by blockhead posted 03-07-2010 04:06 AM 2201 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 04:14 AM

brad ,

this is very well done ,

and elegant !

don’t worry about 2nd try ,

it is first rate !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 04:19 AM

great looking box Brad. I like it .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 05:01 AM

This is a very pretty box. I like a lot.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 05:23 AM

Very nicely done, Brad. I like it. I particularly like the effect of the padauk miter key atop the maple key. Did you cut the middle slot last, leaving the saw set up, then glue the maple key in, lower the saw blade and cut the smaller slot for the padauk?

Great looking box – you done good!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 05:34 AM

Thanks for the kind words LJ’s.

Jim- I cut the splines using my TS jig. I cut the centers first, lowered the blade and cut the tops and bottoms. I used my 1/16 chipper blade from a dado stack set. I just glued in the maple and then slid in the padauk. They were the same size before shaping and both glued in at the same time.

-- 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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#6 posted 03-07-2010 07:08 AM

Fantastic box. love the way everyone is takeing Andy’s tutorial and making their own styles. Very nice use of wood colors and shapeing to bring out the grain.

Keep up the excelent work.


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

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#7 posted 03-07-2010 07:20 AM

I agree with the others in their comments but for me the top has a slight problem with the two striking grain patterns… IMHO… the medallion maybe should have been set into something with less obvious grain…Might be different up close and personal but in the pics… just not one hundred percent sure of the varying grains…
I think that you are spot on with the name…

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

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 08:11 AM

Well done box.

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 11:28 AM

Super Job, Brad!! She’s a Beauty!!

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

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#10 posted 03-07-2010 02:24 PM

Very nice Brad. It funny..its all about the little touches. That one little piece of paduak does so much for the box! I would have to agree with Degoose on the grain pattern. A separation between the two woods, maybe an African blackwood or ebony, would make the medallion pop even more. I wonder if anyone has tried a medallion in a medallion yet. Meaning it would leave a “frame” around the center medallion. My comments are not to take away from your box though…it is beautiful! Your finish looks great as well! The name is very fitting!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#11 posted 03-07-2010 03:23 PM

The shine on these things always gets me… wow.

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#12 posted 03-07-2010 04:33 PM

great job – thats what i love about boxes – so many options

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 03-07-2010 05:27 PM

Very well done Brad!
That walnut is something else with the swirls and colors all blended together. The two tone splines are perfect accents, not too much color, they really give a dressy feel to this box.
The medallion is like a picture and grabs attention.
If everyone just says nice things, its like the proverbial “sound of one hand clapping”.
But, whats most important is whether you like this as it is, or do you agree with them.
You really have heart and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.

So we can expect to see your daughters jewelry on Etsy?

Thanks for sharing,

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

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#14 posted 03-07-2010 06:02 PM

That really did turn out very nice. Good job on that.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 03-07-2010 07:33 PM

Thanks LJ’s for your great input and comments.
Larry and Jeff- I have been trying to remember to take pics before, when it is a pile of wood and at completion. The medallion was actually pretty flat as far as grain and color before the shaping. I just really liked the spalted pattern. As I went through shaping and the fine sanding and polishing, I could see more and more of that grain and color coming out. When I was done with the oil finish, there wasn’t as much contrast as I would have liked or was hoping for.
IMO the pictures are a little misleading. The box does seem to work better in person than on here. I am really trying to do a better job of photographing but have a long way to go too.

Thanks again to Andy and everyone.

-- 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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