Mesquite,Longhorn Hide,Shipwright Wooden Hinge

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Project by gfadvm posted 852 days ago 2771 views 6 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dimension:12×7x4 1/2”. Finish:shellac and wax. This box has more mistakes than I have ever made in one project! I made the top 2” too long and had to try to fix that. Then the hinge cutouts were cut too deep or the pin slot was cut too shallow. Then I forgot to cut the hinge down before I attached it! Must have been having a ‘Bad Box Day”! I’d have trashed it but I’m almost out of mesquite and I liked this piece of cowhide so tried to save it. It’s not my best effort so I may keep this one as a reminder to THINK!

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

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Kenny Blackburn

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#1 posted 852 days ago

I like it! I am gonna get ahold of you soon when I get a chance. I am starting to get the woodworking fever.

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#2 posted 852 days ago

now andy, i really like this one, i love the wood and with your hinges and leather its quite a box, yep its a first class box…your going to have a whole collection here, great box there buddy…

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

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 852 days ago

The reality is that if we don’t point out our mistakes, nobody else will notice. We all make them its just whether we can incorporate them into the design or not.

Good work as always.

-- 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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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 852 days ago

Yup…no one would have noticed those mistakes if you would not have pointed them out. I think it looks great and that piece of Mousquite has some teriffic grain. You have developed a nice technique of incorporating leather and hides in the tops. I have a couple of hides of leather that I want to start using to line some box bottoms…I use entirely too much self adhesive velvet.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#5 posted 852 days ago

Some days nothing goes as planned but It looks great from here!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 852 days ago


Looks like your boxwork is continuing to evolve. To my eye this is one of your most beautiful so far. I like the leather top idea, the stain and grain on the mesquite, and especially the more rounded lines on this box. The design seems to have significantly more flow. (This coming from a guy whose boxes all look like a used bar of soap.) How about the interior? Could those be more specific? A tea box, a jewelry box, or a man’s in-and-out box?

My experience is that if I keep changing and perfecting one box…I have just one box to sell. If I do my best on one and improve on the next box…I have two boxes to sell.

Since we all make mistakes…it is not making the error that counts…what counts is what we learn from the mistakes we make.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 852 days ago

Another home run Andy.
The shipwright hinges work great on this one for some reason.

keep’em coming!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#8 posted 852 days ago

Andy, I looked at the pics and was WOWed. Then I read your text. I thought you did that hinge like that on purpose. It looks like ‘The New Black’ to me. You never cease to amaze me. Like you with this box, I was making a new pen the other day and it blew out, so I repaired it. Now it is one of my best looking pens.

Keep making these boxes and posting. You are inspiring so many on LJ.

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

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#9 posted 852 days ago

You guys are being way too kind as usual! Big Al, No stain- that’s what mesquite with 1 coat of BLO looks like. That’s why I love mesquite! It is not easy but is worth dealing with all it’s ‘defects’. Rance- This may be it for a while as I have WAY too many boxes (unless your wife wants to sell some for me). Kenny-Good to hear from you. I thought you had moved to China!

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

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#10 posted 852 days ago

Keep making those mistakes Andy, if they turn out like this.
Remember, we got penicillin from a mistake.
Great work again friend.

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

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#11 posted 852 days ago

great looking bow.what mistake, i don’t see it from here.

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#12 posted 852 days ago

Your “mistakes” are better than my best efforts. Great project.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#13 posted 851 days ago

Even Frank Sinatra said he made some mistakes Andy!
It turned out a great looking box, you got the knack Sir… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 851 days ago

Looks like a great box to me. If I made hinges that nice, I’d keep it too. Just to show them off!

Your “worst work” inspires me to try and do my best work!

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

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#15 posted 851 days ago

Very nicely done Andy. Lotta gr8 detail. Shipwrights hinge to boot. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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