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Project by Andy posted 09-18-2011 04:57 AM 4163 views 18 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for Alison, a friend that gives much of her time to helping others.
The name came about from the patterns, grain and crevices in the ziricote medallion and handle has a picture of a mesa off in the distance. It was pretty punky so I dug out all the loose material and using CA, I secured the rest in place.
The body is quarter sawn white oak and various woods were used for the corner splines.
The interior was made with forstener bits in more of the ziricote and maple strips run fore and aft. It all sits on black velvet.
The finish is Deft lacquer from a spray can, is semi-gloss.
The hinge is my standard brass pin.

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

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 05:01 AM

Another winner Andy I really like the the contrasting woods and wood grain and as always a wonderful design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 05:13 AM

Nice one Andy. I like that play of contrasting colors and the way the lid edge seems to blend in like the hood of a car, neither in the top nor the side really.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 05:14 AM

Love the ‘badlands’ connection, struck me right off as ‘badlands in moonlight’.
I like the circular interior compartments, I shall steal that idea!

thanks again for inspiration.

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 05:20 AM

WOW I love the medallion on the lid and lid lift, very unique! You always come out with something very innovative to all of us woodworkers and box makers alike.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 05:23 AM

beautiful Andy ….love the sculpting and overall execution …love the medallion

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 05:39 AM

Great use of a less than perfect piece of wood.

But, you made it perfect in its use.

Great job Andy.

And a great gift.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-18-2011 05:48 AM

You out did yourself again, Andy. A uniquely beautiful box for a very deserving lady.

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

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#8 posted 09-18-2011 06:59 AM

A real Jewel to add to your collection!

CHOICE… Another Winner…

Really COOL!

Thank you for posting!

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

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#9 posted 09-18-2011 08:48 AM

Unique and beautiful. An absolutely wonderful gift.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 09-18-2011 08:58 AM

It was a dark stormy night….and out of the shadows … came a box like no other… straight from the Badlands…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 09-18-2011 11:30 AM

like all your other boxes….fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#12 posted 09-18-2011 12:15 PM

That is a sweet thought of you.
And what a nice box, it really looks as if the wood is melding on this one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 09-18-2011 12:42 PM

I have to agree with all the others, the box is unique and breathtaking. I have a couple of pieces of Zircote sitting on the shelf for two years, you have inspired me with new ideas on how to incorporate the pieces in new projects. Thanks for sharing a beautful box.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#14 posted 09-18-2011 02:26 PM

I am diggin this one Andy. I really like the divider inside. I have tried to come up with something new for that and I might just have to borrow this. Thanks!

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#15 posted 09-18-2011 02:49 PM

Very cool Andy, you nailed this one, an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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