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Project by JasonWagner posted 02-20-2011 12:44 AM 2932 views 18 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

UPDATE- In the last picture I show the 2nd lid for this box. The first one (that you see on the box in the other pictures) I didn’t like some gaps in the inlay. I tried to fix them but ended up ruining the lid. I’d rather make a new one than look at my mistakes forever. So I didn’t have much material but managed to make a new lid that I actually like. The lighter colored wood is pine that’s got some birds eye in it. Hard to tell in the pictures.

This is my third art box following Andy’s original designs. I wanted to make this box for myself and push the limits of the material I removed. The box is canary wood with a nice vein of red near the white sapwood. I used bloodwood and maple for the lid inlay and the miter splines.

I first had a problem while routing out the rabbet for the lid to swing down. The canary wood tore out on the last pass and I cut a deeper groove in the back than I should have. Luckily it is under the lid and behind it when you lift it. From this point on I knew the box wouldn’t be perfect. I sandwiched the wood for the splines and it worked well. I wanted to do a spline within a spline, but did not have the material.

I did not have a large enough piece of bloodwood for the whole lid so I framed a piece of maple with excess canary wood then inset the bloodwood into the lid. My screw up here was that the my router slipped several times because the hole in the jig I used was almost as big as the router base. I made some deeper than desired gouges in the inlay. No problem since the inlay would cover it.

Then while carving I got the idea to go through the bloodwood in some spots to expose the white maple. This looks cool, but exposed some of my errors from before. I patched them with some tinted wood putty, but am definitely keeping this box for myself now.

I removed my miter saw from it’s dust collection perch and did my sanding in a makeshift hood. This worked out very well as compared to last time. I made a huge mess removing stock with my angle grinder and not collecting the dust. This time there was barely and visible in the air.

I still need to get hinge pins for this box but wanted to get some photos up while I have the time. It’s basically done and I’ve once again learned several lessons!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!





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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 12:53 AM

Great looking box. These sculpted boxes can become very addictive and fun.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 01:09 AM

Avery unusual box and you dis a fine job on it. Congratulations.

-- 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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#3 posted 02-20-2011 01:33 AM

wow, that’s a radical box there…really got into it with the grinder…lol….i really like how it turned out though..that was a big chance and it paid off i think…great looking box…

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

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 01:34 AM

Very impressive box. One project I want to try.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 03:28 AM

Jason, I don’t see any mistakes, this box is simply beautiful. Excellent work, great design.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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kiefer

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 03:36 AM

wow i like it
i wish i had the kind of touch
how many hours did you put into this one?
i am stuck for words
maybe ” beautiful ” is the word

kiefer

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JasonWagner

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 03:41 AM

Ahhh Lary…I don’t photograph the mistakes! Actually, look at the pre-shaped box and you’ll see a big rabbet groove in the back right corner.

Thanks for the comments guys. I think it looks good, but I was thinking about trying to sell this one and there’s no way I’d want my name/reputation to be based on this one. In pictures it’s fine, but up close there are flaws.

Kiefer – I spent a lot of time on this one, probably about 15 hours total. I didn’t waste tons of time sanding and finishing because I have the errors on the lid. I wish I could make a new lid but what a pain in the butt that would be.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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bigike

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 03:47 AM

great work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Eric in central Florida

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#9 posted 02-20-2011 04:17 AM

That came out super nice!

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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rance

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 04:27 AM

Looks very good. I’d like to see the lid though.

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 04:47 AM

that is awesome!! great box. I really like how EXTREME you went on the carving! thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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rance

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#12 posted 02-20-2011 05:12 AM

Jason, you’ve stepped up the Andy box a notch or two. VERY nice, and the depth you went to on the lid is gorgeous. Thanks for the notification.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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58j35bonanza

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#13 posted 02-20-2011 05:35 AM

Really nice looking. I really like the 2-tone splines and how you went thru the bloodwood to expose the maple. How do you get the 2-tone splines?

Chuck

-- Chuck

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JasonWagner

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#14 posted 02-20-2011 05:41 AM

Chuck, I simply glued three strips of wood together. I cut 1/16” by 1” (or so) strips of the wood on my table saw, then glued them together. This stock was then used to fill the miter slots. What I wanted to do, and have seen done, is to cut a larger miter slot and fill it with one type of wood. After that dries you cut a slot in that wood (narrower) and use a different type of wood. This creates a framing effect to the spline. Maybe next time!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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58j35bonanza

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#15 posted 02-20-2011 07:22 AM

Thanks Jason.

-- Chuck

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