Rolling Hills - Art Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by KnotCurser posted 1130 days ago 1423 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first “Palm-Style” Box as well as a carved “Artsy” Box.

Huge Props to Andy for providing MORE than enough inspiration and instruction!

Box Measures around 3×7 inches and is about 2 inches deep.

Sides are Spalted Maple. Top and Bottom are American Walnut. I also included some QS Cherry along top top on each edge of the lid just for fun.

I started by taking Andy’s advice and tried a angle grinder with a sanding wheel but that was far too aggressive. I then switched to a drill with a sanding pad attached and 60 Grit Paper – that did the trick!

After that is was just a LOT of sanding, a coat of Danish Oil and a few coats of wax.

My wife thought it looked like a “3D Map of Hills” so that’s what I named it. :-)

PS: This won’t be my last of these – they are FUN!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

8 comments so far

View rance's profile


4128 posts in 1785 days

#1 posted 1130 days ago

It looks good Bob. I’m assuming the ‘Palm boxes’ are lift-lid boxes as opposed to hinged like the ‘Andy’ boxes. Nice selection of Walnut.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

View SPalm's profile


4783 posts in 2507 days

#2 posted 1130 days ago

Good job, Bob.
I tried to make one at Christmas time, but it was too much sanding for me. Looks like you were able to make it through that part.

Looks great,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

4980 posts in 1933 days

#3 posted 1130 days ago

Nice box bob. That grinding is messy to say the least.
Here is what you need to shape them, good dust collection and variable speed.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7555 posts in 1545 days

#4 posted 1129 days ago

This is really one beautiful box!! I love the rolling lines as well as the finish! Very, very pretty!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View Ken90712's profile


14878 posts in 1813 days

#5 posted 1128 days ago

Beautiful work.

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

View Jorge Velez's profile

Jorge Velez

340 posts in 1211 days

#6 posted 1124 days ago

this is a beauty! like it a lot…

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

View Andy's profile


1535 posts in 2533 days

#7 posted 1111 days ago

I like this! Good title and that walnut is eye catching.
Well done Bob.

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

View Mraffael628's profile


6 posts in 832 days

#8 posted 825 days ago

This is just beautiful, Bob!


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase