Art Deco Wing Box

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Project by Andy posted 04-01-2012 03:49 PM 6693 views 49 times favorited 63 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tutorial is here

A new style for me based on a box designed by Dave Freedman. I first made one of his flip lid boxes in 1997.

I took liberties with his design to suit my taste. Instead of butt joints I mitered the corners and then plowed out for the lid. I am making another one with a few more mods and will post it along with more build pictures a little later on.

Made from scraps of everykind I have been keeping for a project like this.
I thought it would be interesting to use bamboo, which is a grass, and tie it in with the lid panel which is a grass also. The cost for a 3/8” x 48” x 96” cost us about $1200.00. Here is the website

The body is bamboo
Splines are bloodwood
Handles and feet are paduak
Aluminum inlay on the handles and medallion
End caps on the lid are mahogany
The lid is a clear acrylic with real grasses inside. It came from a bank we did cabinets in and I kept a few scraps.
I will post more info on this material a little later.
Lacquer finish by Deft
Black velvet liner
Dividers are maple with bloodwood and wenge

It is about 12” long x 5 1/2” x 3” high

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 03:55 PM

Wow – this is a very original design – interesting mix of materials – superb craftsmanship…...thanks!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 03:55 PM

Very nice Andy. I particularly like the ring holders and the jointery. Nice job.

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

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 03:56 PM

Once again I am squinting trying to see all the detail in your box. Wonderful work.

-- Carpe Diem

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 03:58 PM

Very classy looking. I like it a LOT.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 03:59 PM

Wow! no that’s something I overuse. DAMN! Shock and awe!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 04:01 PM

Love it Andy! I’m a big fan of art deco :)

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 04:05 PM

Fantastic box Andy and kudos for original design too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 04:06 PM

Andy with a new design… thanks for the ideas you’ve given all of us! This one’s a winner.


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#9 posted 04-01-2012 04:15 PM

That is a work of art

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 04:15 PM

Very Very nice sir!
I am adding this to “The List”

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#11 posted 04-01-2012 04:21 PM

This is marvelous! Love the design and the wood choices.. lots of very good details.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#12 posted 04-01-2012 04:29 PM

Nice work. Great choice of materials and details to complement the Deco design.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 04-01-2012 04:34 PM

Very Beautiful!!! Great Job, Andy.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 04-01-2012 04:35 PM

What a great piece Andy. Beautiful.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#15 posted 04-01-2012 04:42 PM

We’ve all heard of the saying…

”Just Wing it” ...

Well, Andy, looks like you ”Winged” it!

A New generation of Box building… in your great style!

It’s hard to describe… Grab all of the adjectives one can think of and your box will be described!

You’ve really opened the door to Box building of a New style.

You have done it again!

Thank you very much!

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

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