Teamwork Boxes

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Project by Boxguy posted 04-21-2012 04:08 AM 2081 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is the concept. Team up with other artisans to make something together that you couldn’t make working as individuals. In this case we made boxes by combining our talents. Nancy does fantastic artwork and I do woodwork. She painted a top on gesso board and I built a box around that art work. To protect her art, I put it in a freezer bag, built and finished the box with wipe on poly, and then cut away and removed the protective bag. Using a burner, Nancy created this moon face for the outside and the sun face for the inside of the box. (One goes right side up and the other goes upside down.) The great thing about a box is that you get to see two views…one closed and one open.

Bob does great scroll work. He cut this Amish buggy scene out of 1/2 inch oak. I added a walnut veneer backing and built a box around it.

Well you get the idea. So Lumber Jocks, who do you know that you could team up with to make a box or two? It really is fun to work with other people in a realm that can be pretty lonely. This was a successful opening at a local gallery and we have now sold all 30 of these teamwork boxes.

Thanks for looking. I’ll post more now that I have the hang of how to do it.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 04:54 AM

I have been working towards this same goal. I have recently started working with an artist to ….... well we will leave that for another time.

These boxes are incredible. I cannot wait to see more of them.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 10:43 AM

Very good idea. All of these boxes are very well done but the sun/moon box is just beautiful. Kudo’s to all involved.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 11:34 AM

you are lucky to have such artistic & talented friends. Love the first box, because of the colors.

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 12:41 PM

What a great idea! Lets see, who do I know…........?
Lovely boxes Al.

-- "Fear of failure limits our creativity" so to create something truly awesome you first have to be prepared to flop

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 02:04 PM

Excellent. I have someone in mind for my boxes too. SWIMBO is pretty good with art.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 04:40 PM

That is an impressive set of boxes

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 01:17 AM

The sun and moon one is my favorite of these. A talented woodburner! The freezer bag trick will work for my next project as I have been trying to figure out how to keep finish off parts where I don’t want it. Thanks.

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

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 01:41 AM

Wonderful boxes they are very attractive and nicely finished, good idea on the bag.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 03-22-2018 07:03 PM

You certainly have a nice collection of boxes.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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