Curly Maple and Paduak Box

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Project by jred posted 07-28-2011 05:11 AM 1993 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Andy for his fantastic tutorial on how to make these boxes. Check it out here:

I’ve always liked looking at the boxes people have put together and posted here. Finally decided to build one myself. It was a great excuse to buy an angle grinder anyway :) The curves are intended to convey the swaying of long branches in the wind.

The biggest challenge of the build was keeping the red powder created by sanding the paduak from turning the maple pink! Wait, no, it was installing the barrel hinges. I really like how many fewer steps are involved when using them but ruined many small screwdrivers trying to set the expanding pin and also got epoxy all over everything trying to glue them into place when they wouldn’t expand… maybe someone can point me to better quality ones than the 10mm woodcraft set.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-28-2011 05:22 AM

Beautiful box. I love the waving branch design. Would have liked to see it with the lid up though.

-- Chris - Tallassee, AL.

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#2 posted 07-28-2011 05:25 AM

there you go. added a lid-up pic for you.

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RS Woodworks

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#3 posted 07-28-2011 05:43 AM

Very very nice Jred> I love these boxes and they are on my “to do” list. You did a great job with yours. I’ve combined maple and padauk before (see the car in my projects list) and your right, the dust can be a real bear!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 07-28-2011 06:27 AM

very nice box.

I have seen many boxes based on Andy’s technic and I will say your’s is one of the better one.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 07-28-2011 06:37 AM

You did an excellent job. Very nice looking box.. Grinding padauk is a messy event and I know what you mean about it bleeding into the maple. I just finished an all padauk box and m yentire shop has an orange tint to it even with alot of dust collection. Those barrell hinges definitely can be a pain. I epoxied some into one of the boxes I built and a couple of months later one of the hinges broke. I ended up throwing the box away

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#6 posted 07-28-2011 11:15 AM

Great job! Andy will be proud! You hit this one out of the park….

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

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#7 posted 07-28-2011 02:15 PM

Jred you made a great looking box here, love the branches and how you design your hinges as well. Thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#8 posted 07-28-2011 02:33 PM

Well done Jred!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 07-28-2011 03:36 PM

Nice looking box!

-- Chuck

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 06:06 PM

Well executed art box!!! I plan to make one of these myself very soon and hope it comes out half as well as yours!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 08:15 PM

Welcome to the exciting world of box making! We have many great teachers here in LJ! I got started making boxes the same way you did! They do make great gifts, as mine are probably not good enough to sell yet.

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

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 11:20 PM

Sharp looking box, nice contrast in the wood, a real eye catcher, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 07-29-2011 01:24 AM

nicely done !!!! love the curves

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#14 posted 07-29-2011 02:46 AM

Wood choices, sculpting, joinery, and finish: all flawless! Beautiful “Andyesque” box! Everyone cusses Paduk dust. I use a lot of Jatoba which is redder but contrasts beautifully with maple and doesn’t seem to ‘bleed’ onto other woods as badly. Anyone else use this combination?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 07-29-2011 04:30 AM

The quality of work that goes into these boxes, make just show so well, wonderful job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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