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Project by blockhead posted 04-02-2010 01:46 AM 2008 views 13 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I just completed for my Grandma. It’s nothing fancy or innovative. I wanted to keep it clean and simple because I know that is what she likes most, so I took inspiration from Andy's designer boxes because they are just that. My Grandma and I are 3,000 miles apart and as you can imagine, we don’t get to see each other too often. She is without a doubt my biggest fan. She is a very special lady and has always put others ahead of herself which comes as naturally to her as breathing.

The main box is made with Lacewood which is my first time using. Looking at the grain, I thought it might be prone to chipping and not too easy to work with, but I was very wrong. I loved working with it. I did some angled splines for the first time using Purpleheart and then rounding the corners. This gave it a bit of an arched look to it which I thought was kinda neat. The lid is also Purpleheart with a Tulipwood handle attached with Cherry dowels. I really like the grain and color in the Tulipwood. The pullout tray is Red Oak and it and the box bottom are lined with purple suede.

Any and all comments/suggestions are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to look and take care.

-- 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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degoose

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 01:47 AM

Your purple looks purple.. good work and good photography.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 01:50 AM

Very nice. I like the shape of the id’s handle, smooth curves & contour.
Great wood combination too.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 01:54 AM

Looks Great, Brad!!

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 01:58 AM

Andy box , Andy box .

well done !

grandma will surely have big eyes for this .

-- 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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RS Woodworks

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 02:36 AM

Very very nice gift. I really like the handle! Tulipwood is hands down one of the top 3 nicest woods available! Great work. Grandma will love it I’m sure.

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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blockhead

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 03:43 AM

Thanks a lot LJ’s.

Larry-Thanks for the thumbs up on the photography. I know it’s not great, but it is something I am trying to improve. The second picture is a bit blurry though. I took numerous shots in different lighting to get the purple to look purple. The darker purple of the suede helped, which I thought it was going to just wash it out.

Ryan- I would have to agree, tulipwood is a very nice wood. You pay for it too. Luckily, I got this piece from a cutoff box I got from Rockler.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-02-2010 03:46 AM

Thats a nice table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 03:58 AM

I have a feeling Grandma’s gonna love it… great job…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 04:10 AM

Beautiful box and a wonderful gift to a special person.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 04:56 AM

Brad, I think you did an outstanding job all the way around. I don’t know how you can say there is nothing fancy about it. Looks pretty damned fancy to me!

And ditto on the excellent photos.

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

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 05:44 AM

Great looking box. Very nicely done. I am sure your grandmother will be pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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TJ65

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 08:14 AM

just love the box. Simplicity with style. very nice. You have managed to blend the different woods together well. I am sure grandma will love it. Especially when it is made for her with love!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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blockhead

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 11:09 AM

Thank you LJ’s for the kind words.

Charlie- I appreciate the comments on the photos as well.

Theresa- You are right, it was made with lots of love!

-- 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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#14 posted 04-02-2010 01:54 PM

I have a short piece of Lacewood I got in a cutoff box and I was curious if it could be sanded smooth without affecting the the look of it. How did you finish the Lacewood?

Very nice! My Grandma will be getting something similar but not as nice.

Levi

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blockhead

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#15 posted 04-02-2010 02:06 PM

Levi- Thank you. I finished it the same way I finish most of my boxes. I sanded this one to 600, then burnished with 0000 steel wool, followed by a good buffing with cheesecloth. Then I applied 2 coats of Minwax Antique Oil buffing with cheesecloth between coats until I got the sheen I was wanting. Using this method, it did affect the look, but in a positive way.

-- 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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