A New Design For Me

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Project by gfadvm posted 690 days ago 2473 views 21 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new LJ buddy Jeff sent me some wood to play with recently and I felt under pressure to produce something worthy of the wood. This is what I came up with. I resawed the birdseye winding up with 6’ of 7/16” stock. I then took some walnut scraps I had and built 4 ‘raised panels’ which were then mitered, dadoed for the bottom, feet cut on the BS, and glued up into a box. Splined the miter joints with maple. The lid was bookmatched and framed in same fashion with the addition of 1/2” maple pins to lock the half lap joinery.. Patron hinges added and done.Dimensions:12 1/2×8 1/2×5 1/2”. Finished with 10 coats Deft semi-gloss. Mitering the half lap joints created an interesting looking joint in the corners (pic #3). All in all a fun build that may be my best box to date.(IMHO)

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

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#1 posted 690 days ago

That is truly beautiful. The wood, the construction, everything!

-- 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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#2 posted 690 days ago

What a magnificent box Andy. You have outdone yourself until the next outdone you do…

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

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#3 posted 690 days ago

Gotta love figured maple and walnut !!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#4 posted 690 days ago

Great work! I love the contrast of the maple against the walnut.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#5 posted 690 days ago

That’s a great looking box Andy!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#6 posted 690 days ago

Andy well done and an excellent finish. I believe you have done his gift justice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 690 days ago

Andy, you done good.
You showed the wood the respect it deserves.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 690 days ago

nice work andy

you got to use lots of techniques
and bring them all together well

those inside rabbeted corners
came out really well
hard to get the panel that tight to the radius corner

very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 690 days ago

Uh huh.
You have been flattering me so much over the project I’m working on, telling me how great it is, only to pull out this masterpiece. You’re reminding me of some old pool sharks I used to run around with.
Great piece. Masterfully done.


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#10 posted 690 days ago

No question about it, you certainly “produced something worthy”!!! A fantastic looking box. Nicely done. That wood ain’t bad either.

Your wood combination makes me crave a “Maple/Walnut” sundae!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 690 days ago

Andy – what a great box…...nice details, the hinges, the mitered half lap joints (and the really cool inside corners) and the pins in the top… You did this right…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#12 posted 690 days ago

Andy, that is outstanding. I love the woods and your design. I don’t have time to type anything else, I have to go back and look at those pics again.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#13 posted 690 days ago

Thanks guys. I tried extra hard on this one as I didn’t want Jeff to think his gift was wasted. William- I’ll trade ya!

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

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#14 posted 690 days ago

Very nice !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#15 posted 690 days ago

Well done Andy.
I too focused in the nicely matched radii in the inside, but the whole box is just a fine piece of work with some lovely material.
Nice to see you getting into thinner material.
Veneering can’t be far away. ;-)

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

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