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Project by gfadvm posted 776 days ago 1927 views 7 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client recently gave me an 8’ flat sawn sycamore 2×12 left over from her barn (the entire barn is lined with beautiful rough sawn sycamore she had milled). I resawed a short section so as not to waste any and noticed beautiful quarter sawn grain when I edge jointed the board I sawed so I ripped some strips to incorporate into the box. Dimensions are 12×7x4”. Construction was Martyn’s EZ Mitre technique. Walnut ‘lipping’ and walnut Shipwright hinge. Finish was several coats of shellac sanding between coats. I took lots of pics trying to show the QS strips. I also oriented the grain to flow front to back this time and I like this effect.

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





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 776 days ago

Like the QS strips. What becomes of all of your boxes Andy?

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Boxguy

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#2 posted 776 days ago

Andy,

Who knew sycamore could be so grand? The strips really add to the look. You always find a way to make whatever wood comes your way really shine. Looks like your recent boxes are really getting the full package with “feet,” building technique, lift, lip, hinge, now about those infernal internal parts… I think these are great boxes that can sell. (Now, if they just looked more like a used bar of soap…)

I can’t tell, how are the ends joined to the front and back?

-- Big Al in IN

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vonhagen

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#3 posted 776 days ago

this is awesum andy, magnifico job

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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bhog

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#4 posted 776 days ago

Nice box man.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 776 days ago

Shane- I haven’t had much luck selling them so I just accumulate more. Al- All the joinery is explained in Martyn’s EZ Mitre blog. Blaine- Praise from you means a lot to me. Thanks.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 776 days ago

Nice looking box. Your finishing is near perfect.

-- 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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LittlePaw

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#7 posted 776 days ago

Andy, do bring this one on the 15th! It is beautiful, like the rest of them!

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

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 776 days ago

That’s anther fine box you got me into Andy.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Chris Cook

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#9 posted 776 days ago

That turned out great! What a look this box has!

Maybe we should open a box shop? I am accumulating box upon box. I am going to design some boxes to hold my boxes!

Good work Andy!

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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grizzman

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#10 posted 776 days ago

Andy that is a fantastic box, i love the sycamore, its a very calming wood and your accents do it complete justice, you have done so well with these boxes, you should be proud, as many of us are proud of you…you bring many beautiful projects to the site, and you have just added one more…

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

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JoeyG

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#11 posted 776 days ago

Andy, this is amazing. I cannot believe that you are not selling these guys. They are amazing and you are getting better with each and everyone. You need to find a local farmers market or something and set up a table. Or start a website or something. You have to get your name out there. You are to good at this to let these wonderful boxes sit around your house.

Great Box Andy.

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

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nomercadies

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#12 posted 776 days ago

I had no idea sycamore could be such a beauty.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Monte Pittman

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#13 posted 776 days ago

You have such a good eye and imagination to see your box before you make it. Not a talent that is easily learned.

-- 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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#14 posted 776 days ago

Excellent Andy…!
This box is a real beauty and the sycamore has much more of a nice grain pattern than I imagined. You really have a knack for bringing out the best in a piece of wood.

-- 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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gfadvm

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#15 posted 776 days ago

You guys are all WAY too kind! Jonathan-I may have to make that my new tag line. Chris-”a box shop”, now there’s an idea. You open one and I’ll help you keep it stocked. Paul- I may give this one to the lady who gave me the sycamore.

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

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