Oceans deep... an Andy inspired box

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Project by FLBert posted 06-13-2017 12:41 PM 1109 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started off as my test piece for an Andy box I wanted to build. I knew I needed to test carving, the medallion, hinges, etc so I grabbed some cutoffs of pine and walnut I had and went to work. Once I was comfortable in the process I put this one to the side and used some hardwood I had in mind for the other box. I liked how the build came out on this but I just didn’t want to apply finish to pine… nothing wrong with it, I just didn’t think it’d do it justice. Then I recently worked with dyes for the first time on another project and it came to me how to finish this one. My wife loves the ocean so I mixed up something close to emerald green for a base color, sanded it down heavy on the high spots, leaving the deeper end grain with more color. Then I mixed up a darker blue and applied it over the box- twice. Once I was happy with the way it was looking I sprayed it with some pre-cat lacquer, put some felt in the bottom, and glued the hinges/top on. I was pretty happy with the way it came out and my loved it… win-win!!

PS. Thanks Andy for sharing all your great pieces for us to gain inspiration from.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 12:50 PM

Very beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 02:02 PM

Correct, very beautiful! I love the color.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 03:31 PM

This is an outstanding box and I love the blue color. It really does put to mind the waves in the deep. It displays a lot of great details and fine craftsmanship. Beautiful work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 05:48 PM

Very nice. I also admire Andy’s boxes.

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 07:31 PM

That turned out very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 08:50 PM

Great box, the colored dyes are a great mix and the coordinating felt really completes the theme. Thanks for posting.

PS Don’t tell her but this would look great with some pearls inside. LOL

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 09:48 PM

Looks startling!

Keep it hidden from James Cameron as he may try to annex it for another movie.

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#8 posted 06-14-2017 09:26 AM

The blue colour is just astonish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-14-2017 11:59 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Majuvla- If you’re interested the dyes I used are Keda liquid Dyes. I purchased them on Amazon and I’ve seen some of their videos on Youtube. Mixes well with water, alchohol, etc.


-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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