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Project by mousejockey posted 06-04-2012 05:53 AM 1244 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first one is obviously an Andy art box, Wenge and figured maple, many thanks to Andy for his blog. The maple band around the top was a “design change” after I cut the channel for the bottom on the wrong side of the back piece. I really wanted to have the grain of the Wenge to continue around on all four sides so then I made the cut on all four sides and put in a strip of figured maple. I thought it looked pretty good. Then I proceeded to sand through one of the corners, another “design change”, so I then added an ebony spline which doesn’t show to well against the Wenge, should have used a better contrasting wood. The second box is a “bill box” for my wife, I have some fantastic figured Oregon black walnut and I wanted to use a live edge so I made this box. She likes frogs so I hacked up a piece of bass wood into a frog like shape and tried to make the hinges resemble a frog’s foot.

Again thanks Andy

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Boxguy

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 06:31 AM

MJ,

Wood workers are so anal. Don’t feel the need to tell everyone about your mistakes. The Andy Box is attractive and you have some nice lines in the carving and in the splines. Nice save on the mistake. (But, yeah, I would have used a different spline at the corners of the save.)

The Frog Box is clever, and I especially liked the frog image and frog’s foot idea…very nice wooden hinge. It is an attractive box for bills, and shows a certain lightness of spirit that makes wood working more fun.

Since this seems to be your first post…welcome to this aspect of Lumber Jocks. I would suggest that you give each box its own posting. (I made the same mistake when I started.) It allows lookers to really see each work better. It appears that you have real skills and creative talent and I am looking forward to future postings. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Andy

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:05 PM

I thought you posted one of my boxes…well done!
That is some fantastic maple you used for the lids medallion and it strongly contrasts with the wenge.
I like your repairs, they show a can do attitude.
Your boxes are all very nice, stay with it and it gets a little easier.

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

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 01:10 PM

Nice unusual boxes. Nicely done.

helluvawreck
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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 03:21 PM

Great work…Wenge and figured maple are a nice wood combination.
You will discover that boxmaking gets quite addictive…in a good way.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 06-05-2012 01:03 AM

I like both of them and the ‘mistake’ would never have been noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out. Wonder why we all do that? I love the frog and the ‘frog foot’ hinges. Good job!

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

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RRBOU

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 08:03 AM

Striking with the banding

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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