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Project by Andy posted 12-06-2010 05:06 PM 5294 views 35 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wanting to make a gift for Lorene, a friend that was in the hospital recovering from open heart surgery and didnt think one of my larger boxes was something she would want in a hospital room. A simple hand crafted gift, easy to hold, eye catching…this was the result. I gave it to her yesterday and she was tickled, she is an inspiration to me and many others. _She is 86 and opted to have surgery knowing it might extend her life several more years or she might very well not live through it. She is a very tough lady…she had 16 kids!

I call these little boxes “Palm Boxes”.
This one reminds me of the old desk top radios from years ago, though not planned that way, I just wanted to try out an idea I had. I wanted to bore holes and then insert matching buttons and turn the direction a little, then decided that looked more like a mistake than intentional planning, the grain isnt strong enough to give a nice effect. I could have simply inserted a contrasting wood like maple and that would have been a nice touch, but I wanted to puzzle the viewer. So I decided that I would inlay a thin strip of maple into the bloodwood, making it long enough to bore holes and cut the face out of one end and cut plugs out of the other. Then, rotate the plugs and glue them in. I know many of you out there see this as easy, but was new to me and I have never seen it done before. Its kinda cool dont you think?

The front is bloodwood with a maple inlay.
The sides and back are plain maple.
The top is fiddle back maple.
Black velvet lines the bottom.
Two 1/8 brass pins act as hinges.
Finish is Deft lacquer.

NO full sized boards were harmed in constructing this box.

This design is my own, but is no more than a variation of similar boxes on LJ. I have my own ways of doing things and this box combines several of those techniques.

Thanks for looking and posting comments,Andy

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

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 05:10 PM

I am thinking of doing a tutorial on how I did this one if you are interested. I can also show how to make a simpler style, without the buttons.They will make great gifts and are easy to make and use small scraps.
Let me know if that sounds like a good idea,

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

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 05:10 PM

Andy that box is beautiful.

Best regards to your friend and a speedy recovery.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 05:12 PM

that’s a nice one, andy!! i like the wood-combination and the round buttons. how is the box constructed? i cant really see how you did this?



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#4 posted 12-06-2010 05:13 PM

Nice gift for a special friend. I like your name of ‘palm boxes.’ That is very ‘holdable.’ I’ll bet she loved it.


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#5 posted 12-06-2010 05:13 PM

Great gesture and a nice story.

I like the front, as it’s a bit whimsical in nature.

Nice little compact size, and I like that you used the brass pins instead of regular hinges as I think it gives the box a cleaner look and feel and keeps your focus more on the front detail.

I’d read your tutorial if you posted one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 05:15 PM

Hi Andy,
It’s really cool.
And I will like to see a tutorial, to me it don’t seems only easy.
You are always doing some new and exiting boxes, love your way to go on and on.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 05:19 PM

Andy…. You just flat out rock! The buttons on the front makes this piece in my eyes. I just love what it does for this box. I for one am inspired….

And yes! i would love to see a tutorial on this. I have an idea for small jewelery boxes and would love to incorporate some of the feel from this.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 05:19 PM

of coarse the master of boxes nailed it..i really love the simplicity and yet its very beautiful…your friend is quite the lady…i doubt there are any women left who would bear that many children…and i love it that she was such a pioneer..deciding to do the surgery was something like you could have gone either way…but so far so good and i know she will enjoy your wonderful gift…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 05:20 PM

Very nice box Andy.I for one would welcome another of your blogs.They look like great gifts. Mike

-- Mike Wix

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 05:22 PM

cool indeed !

you keep going
‘where no man has gone before’

very nice andy


-- 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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#11 posted 12-06-2010 05:43 PM

Another beautiful box. I hope your kindness speeds your friend’s recovery.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#12 posted 12-06-2010 05:43 PM

Andy Wow again, Awesome looking box. You ought to write a book or make a profesional Dvd on how you make your boxes. You are in the top of your craft. Superb work. Your my hero.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 05:48 PM

David said it “Simple, Elegant”

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 05:49 PM

Andy, An awesome looking box. I would agree that the buttons make it look that much better. I would love to see a tutorial as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 12-06-2010 05:52 PM

What a fun design! Excellent! The thought crossed my mind that you could make a set of these and a stand to go with them. Kind of like a set of mini jewelry boxes. Just a thought… Anyway, nice project and thanks agian for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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