Rolling Hills - Art Box

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-17-2011 08:11 PM 2067 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: /

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#1 posted 07-17-2011 09:24 PM

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--

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 09:45 PM

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

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 12:29 AM

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.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 07:01 PM

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"

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 11:28 AM

Beautiful work.

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

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Jorge Velez

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#6 posted 07-23-2011 08:37 PM

this is a beauty! like it a lot…

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#7 posted 08-05-2011 10:35 PM

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

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

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 09:36 PM

This is just beautiful, Bob!


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