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Sycamore, Walnut, and LEATHER!

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Project by gfadvm posted 822 days ago 1707 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oklahoma sycamore, a thin slice of figured walnut, and a saddle fender I found in the trash at a local saddle shop are the components of this latest box. Half laps for the framed lid, walnut splined miters, and walnut Patron hinges. Finished with Tung Oil Finish and wax. Dimensions are 13×7x5”. I knew I’d eventually find a use for that saddle fender! It was carved by a good friend who died several years ago. I know he would approve as he was a woodworker as well as a saddlemaker.

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





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 822 days ago

Kocked another one outta the park bro. Im itching to work with some sycamore, really lookin for some QS … how is it to work with? The leather work is awesome.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 822 days ago

That’s really nice

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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JoeyG

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#3 posted 822 days ago

Awesome work Andy, That leather addition is something special. One man’s trash definatly turned into your treasure.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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kaschimer

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#4 posted 822 days ago

I love the leather… it really adds a nice touch to the piece.

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 822 days ago

Great box – the use of leather is novel and gives a really unique addition. Your friend would have approved.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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JoeyG

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#6 posted 822 days ago

Andy, somehow when I was reading the story of this box, I completely missed that your friend did the leather work. I just thought it was cool that you found the leather of saved it from the trash bin but to finish the story and find out that your friend carved it….. Wow, what a way to honor your friends memory. Fantastic job.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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rance

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#7 posted 822 days ago

Andy, you are on a stride with your boxes. They get better with each one. Keep it up dude.

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

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grizzman

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#8 posted 822 days ago

i love these boxes your doing andy, the leather is spot on with this box, good idea, and a nice tribute to an old friend, im sure he would be pleased to see his work was used and not just thrown away….i like this box and think your doing a great job with them, your progressing along very well, keep at it, grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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LittlePaw

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#9 posted 822 days ago

It’s another beautiful box, Andy – definitely a winner!

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

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 822 days ago

Andy,

What a nice job. I really like the leather top. The fact that it has become a testament to an old departed friend’s skills in tooling leather is a tribute to you both and gives this box its own story. It is straight out of the pages of Louis L’Amor. This box deserves a title and this story needs to accompany this box…in writing.

When I sell boxes I always print out a one page write-up on expensive, heavy paper with each box. The write-up talks about these 5 things: How this box can be used. The story behind the box title and particulars about the trees whose wood I used. Some things that make this particular box special (grain, splines, fit, etc.) Something about my shop and methods of work. My philosophy of wood crafting, and a wish that they will “enjoy using this box as much as I enjoyed crafting it for you.” I also include my Email address.

Though it follows a pattern, each write up is done individually for each box. It is not the same thing for all. Each box has its own title and its own story. I like thinking about titles for boxes as I am building them. It might take me an hour to write, but it is time well spent because it gives me a chance to really “SEE” the box I crafted and the wood in it. It is like bio classes where you draw what you see under the microscope and therefor see it in more detail.

The write-up helps me sell boxes because it is like a cheat sheet for customers to brag about their boxes when they get home. It is nice to tell them the story, but better if they can read it or have others read it. It has gotten me a lot of repeat sales.

For gifts I offer to re-write the first paragraph saying that this box was commissioned by x for y on z occasion.

Sorry, Andy, for rattling on about what I do and not saying more about what you do. The box is wonderful and the story priceless. Sell the sizzle.

-- Big Al in IN

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 822 days ago

Andy,

How wonderful that you could make such a special box to frame that beautiful leather carving! Thanks for sharing your special story.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 822 days ago

Very nice box and a cool design.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bowtie

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#13 posted 821 days ago

Beautiful box! Your projects are always fresh and different. Thanks for sharing and preserving a friends work.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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Roger

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#14 posted 821 days ago

The leather really makes a nice top for that gorgeous box

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#15 posted 821 days ago

Andy…your work is fantastic and getting profressively fantasticker…I really like the leather and wood combination. The sycamore has such a nice grain and you really brought out its beauty.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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