|Project by bobasaurus||posted 04-09-2011 10:24 PM||3284 views||13 times favorited||19 comments|
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:
-- Allen, Colorado