By the Sea

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Project by Andy posted 01-29-2011 07:03 PM 5728 views 22 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Ziricote panel reminded me of our coastline, hence the name.
The body is wenge and the accents are maple and bloodwood.
The hande is Ziricote.
The finish is Deft spray lacquer, semi-gloss.
The liner is red leatherette fabric.

I tried out several ideas that have been on my mind for awhile:

The first is the inset corner splines, that appear (from a short distance ) as red and white squares that were place in mortises. I wanted to give the impression that they werent inserted into typical kerfs, but placed in holes. I did this by making fatter kerfs and laminating splines out of maple and bloodwood then capping the outside edges with wenge. Of course, the wenge doesnt exactly match the body so the blend isnt perfect, but I like the effect and will play with it some more.

The second thing I wanted to try is shown in the second to last picture. Here I took a piece of maple and ripped it in a wandering fashion down the middle, then placed two thin strips of wenge in between these two snakey pieces with masking tape between them and glued it all together. When I took it apart I had a curvey piece of maple with wenge on the face of each. I made the tray out of these pieces, and glued a thin slice of wenge veneer to the bottom. I didnt line it with fabric because the grain on the bottom is so pleasing.

The third thing I wanted to do is shown in the last picture. This is the frame of the divider. I again took a piece of maple and curve ripped it and glued in a single strip of wenge. I then re-ripped it down to about 5/16’’ and then glued thin strips of wenge on each face. I used this for the frame and joined the center dividers using a dado joint.

In the second picture you will notice the snakey maple string inlays.
I goofed up big time and bored the holes for the hinge pins on the front corners of the box instead of the back! So I thought long and hard about what to do about these extra holes. I could have puttied the holes,
or I could have plugged them with matching grained wenge inserts, but they still would have shown up.
So, I took the box to the table saw and cut a kerf that crossed over both holes that I had drilled on each side.
I then ripped an oversized piece of wenge on the bandsaw in a serpentine fashion and glued thin strips of maple in between, then milled that to the proper width and length and inserted them into the kerfs. After they were dry I sanded them flush with the sides, and got down to the shaping.

The frame and tray took about 12 hours, and the box itself took about 25 hours.

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 07:07 PM

This is sure beautiful work.

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 07:10 PM

very pretty piece… natures patterns are repeated over and over again. It this case from the seaside to the wood grain.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 07:12 PM

Stunning box Andy! You always do such an amazing job of shaping and getting those grains to pop. The woods all compliment one another perfectly and I love the addition of the trays. That lining looks super in this box. The splines are fantastic and add such a nice contrast. I attempted something similar with the “Purple Passion” box, but there wasn’t enough contrast between the two spline colors and it just got lost. You pulled it off wonderfully. Amazing work once again my friend!

-- 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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#4 posted 01-29-2011 07:14 PM

looks amazing. i love the splines, truly unique and creative.

in the second pic, how did you do the maple accents? reminds me of pin-striping.

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 07:17 PM

Once again…... another masterpiece!

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 07:20 PM


Another Masterpiece from our North West coast!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 07:23 PM

great work, another work of art from the master box maker himself.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 07:24 PM

Your boxes are always beautiful and unique a real work of art. each new creation is always a notch above the last amazing box. This”By the Sea”box proves that to be true. I Always enjoy each new project you make. Thanks for sharing.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 07:28 PM

The maple/wenge technique works. I love it.


-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 07:35 PM

this is a beautiful box always very pleased with the ideas you come up with in your designs…seeing your work makes me want to stretch my own designing capabilities..and that’s what i love about your work it inspires me to want to do better and try new things…you certainly scored another A+ on this one…thanks for sharing it with us..grizz

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

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#11 posted 01-29-2011 07:40 PM

Beautiful as ever. Your boxes are so elegant, Andy.


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#12 posted 01-29-2011 07:48 PM


You are a God-gifted artist. This is just GORGEOUS and the craftsmanship is outstanding!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 07:51 PM

Another winner Andy. Beautiful craftsmanship as always.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 01-29-2011 08:07 PM

A beauty fore sure … love the splines.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#15 posted 01-29-2011 08:32 PM

Once again a beautiful, “Blow your mind” box. It is very nice and well done…

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

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