Andy Style Palm Box for my wife for Christmas

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Project by Karson posted 12-25-2010 09:53 PM 2908 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first saw the ”Andy’s Palm Boxes” I knew that this was something that I wanted to make. I’ve got a mini collection of fancy woods around that I’ve cut up for making pens so i thought I’d use some of them.

So on this box for my wife I didn’t use any of them. The bottom is Genuine Mahogany as it is now called so they don’t have to identify what country it came from. The front and back is some nice figures Sapele. The ends are regular old Cherry wood that was a scrap from a plank that had some figured that I cut off. This was from the non-figured area.

The top is a piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl that I had and I re-sawed into some 1/2” chunks that I was going to make a couple of clocks. The clocks were never made so I cut some 3” wide sections from the burl. This piece was close to the outside burl edge and I kept a piece of the burl spikes on the front corner of the lid. My wife loved it. There was also some bark inclusions inside the burl and they are visible on this piece.

Since it was about 45 deg. in the shop and I didn’t have anyplace to spray or use some Deft finish that Andy used, I though I’d use some Brazilian Rosewood Nut oil (Penofin) for the finish. I put it on one night and then for the next day I kept wiping it with the same rag that had not fully dried. It just put a little more on the surface of this piece. I wiped it down with the palm of my hand just before taking the pictures to give it a little shine.

I made 17 of these boxes in the last couple of days They will be gifts for my “Girls” this Christmas. My wife said “Your Girls?” I said daughters, daughters in law, and grand daughters. I might have to make a couple of “Manly” ones for a couple of the “Men in my life!” If they don’t want any of the extras that I’ve already got, I’ll let them select their own wood and make it later for them.

Andy thanks for the box and the tutorial on making them. This is a genuine “Made by Karson W Morrison” item.

Andy used brass welding rod for the hinges. I opted to use Brass Escutcheon Pins that are 16 Ga and 1” long. I used a 1/16” drill in the lid and a #52 drill for the ends. The pin turns easily in the ends and is tight requiring tapping to put it in the lid section. If they try and work their way out it will be easy to just tap them back into place.

Merry Christmas to all of my LumberJock friends.

If you want to see inside the burl inclusion on the lid go here

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 10:43 PM

Excellent box Karson. That walnut really adds to the look.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 11:01 PM

love the natural beauty of that top piece, nice job all round

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 11:31 PM

I’m sure it will be treasured for many years to come. Very beauitiful work.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 11:32 PM

Love the box. The top is beautiful.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 11:46 PM

What a great box, I like the burl top, great design.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 12:32 AM

What a gorgeous box, Karson. The lid is inspired!

You sure earned points with the Mrs. with this one!!

However, ” I’ve got a mini collection of fancy woods around” , has to the biggest understatement of 2010 ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 01:26 AM

What a wonderful top, I love the natures look.
And what lucky woman arround you!
Merry Christmas to all of you,

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

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 02:01 AM

Ok this is great ,I’m a big fan of the natural edge on the lid. Beautiful wood combos.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 12-26-2010 02:56 AM

Very Nice! That thing is oh so Beautiful! Great story also.
17 in the last couple of days, Wow you have been busy!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-26-2010 04:19 AM

Great job buddy.

17 in a couple days, huh? I’m guessing the lack of heat in the shop made you work faster. LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 12-26-2010 04:43 AM

Great piece of wood and the ragged edge adds character. I really like it. I also like your pin methodology. That’s a good idea.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#12 posted 12-26-2010 06:53 AM

I think I saw this in the microscope…I did I did

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 12-26-2010 07:05 AM

Karson, that lid is a great finding !

Merry Christmas to you all.

(Still trying to work out the celtic pin)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 12-26-2010 07:50 AM

Nice one Karson. I’m sure your girls will love them.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 12-27-2010 12:46 AM

Such a beautiful gift !!
The box top is absolutely perfect , Karson : )
Happy Holidays to you and your family : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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