Ode to Andy Art Box

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Project by JoeCool posted 09-30-2010 03:30 AM 1745 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is my ode to my friend Andy on Lumberjocks. I have been looking at his work and reviewing his blogs which have been very helpful. I told my 6 year old daughter several months ago that I was taking my boxes to a new level since I was inspired by Andy’s Art boxes. When I showed the box to her she tickled me by saying “oh dada you took it to a new level”; I thought she would have forgotten my words about this goal. Thanks Andy, this was my first box where I employed your shaping technique. The handle is an arch or rainbow to accent the shaping of the box. Birdseye maple top. Hard maple keys, I only used 1/8 inch MDF for the bottom. I am planning to do my first veneer job and add a veneer to the MDF bottom. I thought that would be more interesting than adding felt. Give me some feedback like my friend CharlieM1958 talks about. For finish I used for the first time Deft lacquer semi gloss, which another lumberjock friend says he uses I think that was Robert Triblett, but I am not sure. I like it, I used 300 grit paper between coats. I hope you like the box. I am looking forward to more boxes at this level inspired by Andy.

-- Joe Cool

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 05:19 AM

Beautiful job, great looking box.

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 11:37 AM

Very well done, love the colors!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 11:57 AM

That’s a nice looking box. I also use Deft, it is a good product.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 04:06 PM

Nice box. Did your Daughter end up with it? I’m slowly working my way around to shaping a box like this. Taking a grinder to an already beautiful box takes some bravery. It is a new level. Is the bottom Bubinga?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 07:38 PM

Robert, the bottom is bubinga I think, I bought it and forgot to write down the name of the wood. Actually, my older daughter who is 20 got the box. She left this week to go study as a Junior at the University of Oxford in England. I am proud of her.

-- Joe Cool

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 07:43 PM

Cool design and very well done

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 03:51 AM

Very nice box. Love it when the kids actually get what you do and they turn into your biggest fans. Well done – you should be proud, I would be.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 03:52 AM

I really love the color combination, the shape, and the corner splines. Andy should be proud of you! :-) I would have to say I’m not totally in love with the handle though…. I think it’s a bit big for the box. But hey…. no one will ever see my first attempt at an Andy box. lol!

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

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#9 posted 11-26-2010 06:30 AM

Sorry I missed this one Joe, I really like the woods you combined. The handle is over the top, actually its on top come to think of it. Ha. There is no right or wrong, its ART as they say. Keep pushing the envelope and you will always say whats in your heart.
Keep going, your doing very well, Andy

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

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