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Project by bobasaurus posted 1231 days ago 2962 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Andy-style box for my boss’ retirement next month. It’s made of figured ash from the local saw mill, recycled padauk (from an old table off craigslist) for the medallion/handle, and bloodwood for the splines (not sure why I used both padauk and bloodwood here, as they look nearly identical). I tried shaping this one a little differently than usual, trying to come up with my own style instead of copying Andy’s carvings, though I think the standard waves might have looked a little better. My coworker dug up an old pin with our agency’s logo, so I inlaid it into a forstner hole on the lid’s bottom with some epoxy. The bottom is just some ugly old pine plywood I’m trying to use up, so I have it covered with some velvet wrapped around 1/8” mdf inside the box. I also got to try out my fancy new electric branding iron on the bottom (not pictured), which works pretty well but I need some more practice to get it straight and time it right. The whole box was sanded through 40, 60, 80, 120, 150, then 220 grit, and I hand-rounded the edges. Ruined the hook and loop pad on my orbital in the process… fortunately Lowes had a replacement in stock (kind of amazed me). I finished it initially with 1 coat of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane for some sun protection on the padauk, then with 4 coats of clear gloss wipe-on poly, buffing with 0000 steel wool between coats. Overall it took about 2 months of my free time (I work pretty slowly), so I hope it makes a good gift.

Edit: Here is a set of construction photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28542319@N07/sets/72157626670959368/

-- Allen, Colorado





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YorkshireStewart

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#1 posted 1231 days ago

Beautiful box bob. Don’t you just want to pick it up & fondle it!! That shaping is really striking.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 1231 days ago

Very nice indeed, you really capture the artistry of Andy’s craving. Thanks for posting and again well done…BC

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pickpapa

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#3 posted 1231 days ago

Great job! The sculpting has a landscape feel to it for me resembling mountain ranges and valleys. I also love the color. Question, how thick was the box walls and lid before you start to shape it? I have my first box built and am in the process of shaping but I don’t think I started with thick enough wood.
Again, beautiful work. Your boss will be highly delighted. Thanks for sharing.
Pickpapa

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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870pilot

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#4 posted 1231 days ago

figured ash, huh? that is really handsome. great combo and the artistry is appreciated. something about the Cistine (sp?) chapel not being built in a day? Go slowpoke!

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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tdv

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#5 posted 1231 days ago

Superb work Bob love the mix of woods
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Woodenwizard

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#6 posted 1231 days ago

Very Nice!

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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rkoorman

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#7 posted 1231 days ago

Good job, i like the carving. It looks wrinkled and gives it a 3D look. I’m looking forward to the next one

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 1231 days ago

Very pretty box, Andy sure would be proud. Beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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jeanmarc

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#9 posted 1230 days ago

Good job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Brad

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#10 posted 1230 days ago

Very creative. The use of the red woods makes the piece “pop”. And the logo inlay was a nice touch to personalize it for your boss. Good summary of the project too. I’ve found that I go through phases in my woodworking. For a while, I might be focused on handplaning, then sawing…most recently, on learning new finishing techniques. So your finishing description was helpful.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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tyka

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#11 posted 1230 days ago

Gorgeous “Andy style” box. Beautiful wood selection and quality work. Congrats. Makes me want to try this.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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Andy

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#12 posted 1230 days ago

Wow! Very nicely crafted, that shaping is wild but smooth. I am a sucker for strong contrasts such as this, well done. This will be a keepsake for sure,
Andy

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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bobasaurus

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#13 posted 1230 days ago

@pickpapa: as mentioned in Andy’s tutorials, all materials are milled to 3/4” before making the box. Since the lid is recessed 1/2” into the box base, it sticks up 1/4” above the box top. The medallion is recessed the same way, so it sticks up 1/4” above the lid.

@Andy: thanks for the kind comments as always. These things sure are fun to make, even if they are super time consuming :).

-- Allen, Colorado

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1230 days ago

It’s breathtaking. Really wonderful.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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bigike

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#15 posted 1230 days ago

now this is a great looken box.

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

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