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Project by Andy posted 06-20-2011 04:07 PM 3721 views 32 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make a box for a friend ( Ardel ) to hold her new hearing aids and this is what I came up with.
It needed to be small enough to fit in a purse, but still managable for elderly hands. The lid split @ the hinge location on the first one, so I started over after salvaging the body. I have over 20 hrs in this one, mostly from playing around with design ideas.

The holes remind me of a two seater outhouse :-)
The dollar gold coin is to show scale.
The lid is secured with magnets.
The hinges are a brass tube in the body and a brass rod runs through into the lid, this eases the swing action.
Each compartment is lined with black flocking.
The body is maple and the accents are purpleheart.
The metal inlay is an assortment of brass, copper and aluminum rods and tubes, in round and square with black epoxy to fill in the gaps.
The finish is lacquer.

Thanks for looking,

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 04:13 PM

Very Very nice! Well designed and built. Thanks for sharing . your friend will be very excited with that box!
I love all the detail in it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 04:18 PM

Pretty little thing aint it?

Very nice!

Clever way to make the hinge… Gotta remember that… sounds really COOL!

... and, of course, your tubing combinations are super as well.

Good to see you back doing things…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 04:31 PM

Thanks Andy, your usual great workmanship.
You got me making some of these ‘Andy Boxes’, they are addicting aren’t they?


-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 04:32 PM

Super Sweet Andy !
I was wondering if you could get a close up shot of the metal inlay.
It is hard to see from these pics.
That’s a totally ingenious idea, of course I would expect that from you : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 04:34 PM

beautiful box.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 04:35 PM

I love it so much and I can’t determine why. Something about the size, the flow, the choices. I really love it.

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

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 04:41 PM

Amazing as always I really have to make one of these soon. Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 04:46 PM

This came out looking really good. Nice job, Andy. I like how some of the accents are inlays instead of protruding through.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 04:58 PM

Very slick Andy. I like the hinge idea and will have to give that a try. Is the “black” epoxy something you make (i.e. adding color to epoxy) or does it come that way? Thanks as always for sharing your projects and your knowledge.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 05:49 PM

Smart box, nicely themed, Andy. I like the metal inlay detail especially.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 06-20-2011 06:01 PM

Thanks everyone for taking time to make all these nice comments.
@ Joe- The hinge idea was something I wanted to try for awhile, it was born from the problem of lids that sometimes swing up stiffly. I have found that some woods bore out a little looser than others and even polishing the rod doesnt always fix the problem.
What I did: I bought a 1/16 brass rod and a 1/8 brass tube. The rod slides snugly into the tube acting as a bushing, preventing the wood fibers from grabbing the rod. I didnt have a 1/16 bit so I filed a few sharp angled tapers on a short piece of the rod and chucked it in my drill and used this as a bit, something I have done for years. ( This also works great for inserting rods as inlays for a tight fit ) Just go slow and hold straight. After I bored through the body and the lid, for perfect alignment, I carefully bored just the body with the 1/8 bit. I used side cutters to nip the rod and tube a little long to allow for sanding off the crimped ends. Sharpen the ends of the rods and carefully tap them in solid but not so hard as to bend them, and they should stay in place just fine.
@Dustbunny- Take a look here to see how its done. Thanks for applause!
@Gbear- Yes. I add a drop or two of India ink after I have the two part epoxy mixed thoroughly. It takes a little longer to set up but works great.

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

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 06:22 PM

Andy a great design. Nice project for your friend.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 06:43 PM

You are a master craftsman.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 06:44 PM

Nice box, a real eye catcher

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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