First Art Box

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Project by gbrown4 posted 03-14-2011 07:10 AM 1731 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I saw Andy’s Art boxes I wanted to make one. My girl’s school is having an auction next weekend so I decided to make a pen. My next thought was making a box to put the pen in. I have been dying to try an “Art” box. I printed up Andy’s blog and headed to the shop. I have two days no problem. Well… I had to buy a new rabbit bit, pattern bit and make a spline jig, picture attached. I actually made two boxes, because Andy said, “Aways make a practice box first”. I will finished the other one later. As you can see the top and body is curly maple with a cocobolo medallion. The splines and handle are paduak. I finished it with BLO and Watco Danish oil the wax on top. I first tried lacquer but it would not lay down good, so I re sanded it and put a “softer finish” on it. I liked the box so much I will submit it separately to raise even more money. the inside is not finished yet, I have a friend who is great with leather and he said he will line it for me. I then will put dividers in.

What I really like about this type of box is the feeling you get when you take a grinder to your box. Up to that point you have “babied” it and made it as close to perfect as you can. Then….. Grind and sand away!!!! Ahhhh the feeling!!

Thanks Andy for the inspiration.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 07:22 AM

Is it for sale? I would like to buy it. Nice work.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 07:26 AM

Looks good, Greg.

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 09:44 AM

Greg, The master will be proud I think


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#4 posted 03-14-2011 01:45 PM

Wow! The contrasting woods make this box a real eye catcher!

-- Reid, Georgia,

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 02:04 PM

Veeeery nice box, Greg.
And, that’s one sweet spline jig, too.
I’ll PM you with a thought.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 02:18 PM

Hi Greg;

Great looking job on both the box, and the spline jig.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 03:09 PM

Great looking box Gbrown4. Your wood combination is an excellent choice and for a first box you made it look like you have done many previous boxes. You probobly have started a new addiction for yourself with this. I know it has become one for me.

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 04:40 PM


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#9 posted 03-14-2011 04:57 PM

Nice box, pretty wood combination, good job on your jig, you must be very productive to get all that work done in two days, way to go, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 05:25 PM

great job! I’m currently in the process of making one also. I can’t wait to get to the grinding part. The handle on your jig is a really good idea. I might have to steal that idea.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 06:15 PM

great job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 06:33 PM

realy nice wood and great job on the build

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#13 posted 03-14-2011 06:36 PM

Nice!!! I really like the wood. Great job!!

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#14 posted 03-14-2011 07:13 PM

Nice box and nice jig!

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#15 posted 03-14-2011 08:23 PM

It came out really good.
I think it will fly at the auction.

The wood combo looks terriffic.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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