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Project by Andy posted 04-24-2011 05:39 PM 4521 views 35 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for Dan and Elaine Kley, friends who are moving back to Hawaii. I will miss them very much and wanted them to take a reminder of Oregon with them. ( Or I could have just sent a water balloon so they could remember the rain) I started this box on Monday and finished it Saturday , with only 15 minutes before we were to leave for their going-away-party. The pictures were rushed, sorry about that, but I got a few to post anyway. This is the first shaped box I have done without a center piece, a medallion, and this was something I wanted to try and also saved me a lot of time. I like the effect. I didnt make a divider for the interior because it was intended for both him and her and not sure of its future use, plus I didnt have time anyway.
The body is a wild piece of Pecan/Hickory that our cabinet shop tossed because it had hairline checking and didnt blend with the surrounding wood. The top is Claro Walnut.
The handle is Bloodwood with a Maple swirl and inset tubing.
Finish is Deft spray lacquer from an aerosol can.
The interior bottom is lined with tan suede-cloth.
Thanks in advance for looking and comments.
Andy

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





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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 05:46 PM

Another confection! Every time I see one of these boxes, I get the same look on my face that my wife gets when she sees a box of chocolate truffles. At least I don’t gain weight from looking.

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 05:48 PM

Amazing box builder is your middle name Andy ,this one screams elegance.wonderful!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 05:51 PM

well andy
you sure have these andy boxes down

and thank God for good friends

without them
some of our best work

would never happen

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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bigike

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 05:55 PM

Wow another great box from a master box maker! ;)
I like the way all your boxes flow together weather it be the curves or types of wood.

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

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gbear

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 05:57 PM

Gorgeous Andy…I really like the handle detail. You have some very lucky friends.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 06:03 PM

Yep, Andy, it looks like you can pop those boxes out blindfolded! :)

Such B E A U T I F U L boxes!

A picture of the inside would have been nice… I’ll bet that tan suede is nice… doesn’t leather react with some metals?

Thank you for another beauty!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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FunkadelicAlex

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 06:09 PM

I always love looking at your boxes. They are flawless and always have a very elegant style to them. Great job.

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

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whitedog

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 06:14 PM

Very nice as always . I like the wood combo.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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RogerBean

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 06:19 PM

Andy,
Another lovely box. The subtlety of your shaping suggests that you think about the particular pattern a good deal before you begin. How do you “think out” your shaping pattern? There is obviously a wide range in “shaped boxes” with yours seeming “in balance” and many by others which do not feel right at all. As you started this whole thing, what’s the difference? ...perhaps this is not a fair question, your call.

In any event, I like this box and hope to see more.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 06:19 PM

Stunning as usual Andy, and a great gesture as well. Happy Easter my friend…BC

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NBeener

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#11 posted 04-24-2011 06:21 PM

A LOT of projects …. I don’t comment on, simply because I don’t understand the process by which they are made well enough to have a good opinion.

Anything made on a lathe is a good example of this, in MY case.

But … even though I’m not sure I understand the process by which THIS box is made …. it just pegged my meter for beautiful, and I had to break my own rule, and comment.

This is a stunning piece of work. Absolutely awesome !!!!

-- -- Neil

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majeagle1

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 06:27 PM

Another fine beauty Andy, I love the simple elegance of it and the fine details that you put in the handle.
Very nicely done and what a great gift! You ARE the Box-man !........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 07:01 PM

Another wonderful Andy box. I’m sure Andy would be proud of… oh wait… never mind. :-)

Seriously, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that makes you one seriously flattered woodworker. Once again, though, you have proven there is no substitute for the original!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 04-24-2011 07:43 PM

Andy… is that a 100% lacquer finish?

Spray kinds? What kind?

Light sanding before 1st coat?
... any sanding before subsequent coats?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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LittlePaw

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#15 posted 04-24-2011 09:14 PM

I love especially the way you added a curve to the otherwise straight line handle. That is really genius, an unique individual touch and certainly makes it stand out. I am still trying to figure out how you put the contrasting curve in the handle! Outstanding, Andy.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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