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Project by Gianni posted 02-07-2013 02:32 AM 2620 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at an “Andy” style box. It started life as a 99 cent board that I was using to test a new box joint jig, but when the joints closed up nearly perfect i decided to keep experimenting and busted out the angle grinder.

The front and side handles were something from and old post from kimosawboy, and after that turned out better than i expected, i was pretty much destined to add a top and bottom (another 99 cents… I thought this project would bankrupt me!)

The bottom i just cut to size and added a rabbet to fit inside the frame and square it. The top blew out two of the box joint ends when i routed the rabbet in the frame, but i just patched them up and kept going. I freehanded a pattern in the top, looking at it now it seems a bit “noisy” but not terrible for a first try. The next one they will all curve/bevel the same direction (oh, and i won’t go half way through the hinge pin either). I should have added a lid lift but having blown out the edge twice already I decided to wait for the next one to try that.

I lined the bottom with black felt i had on hand, and cut the dividers from what was left of the board i used to make the top. Finish is a couple coats of tung oil wiped on. I think it turned out really well, and was really surprised at the look of a 99 cent beetle killed pine board after carving and oiling.

Thanks to Andy and kimosawboy for the tips and inspiration.

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 02:40 AM

I will double your money back for the box. Lol it looks great keep it up

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Chris Peroni

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 03:50 AM

love it!

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 03:53 AM

First try?? Thats sweet looking. I have to disagree on the “too noisy”. I think it looks great. Especially when you see it in angled lighting as in pic #3. The shadows add so much dimension. I don’t know if I would have blown the budget as you did though. A bit too pricey for my taste ;) lol

-- Jay -

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 04:15 AM

Gianni, Be very careful when making “Andy Art Boxes” its almost impossible to stop :). Good job, & keep posting.

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 04:25 AM

Very nice looking box. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 05:38 AM

I love it! just Patched them up and kept going! Awesome!
Great Work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 05:54 AM

Excellent work—especially what it cost you!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 12:46 PM

Thanks guys, I’m still at that stage where it surprises they daylights out of me when i try something and it actually works out!

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 03:30 PM

Very nice box, great work.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 06:02 PM

Great design and the price is very nice.

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

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 08:25 PM

I really like this. I hadn’t seen this before and couldn’t figure out how you did it until I read it. Got me thinking.

Thank you for posting!

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 09:21 PM

Congrats on the box, especially on the first try. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. I love the knot in the top too. Keep it up.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 02-08-2013 02:08 AM

That turned out great. I love how you sculpted half of that knot on the top. The routing on the inside of your box came out perfect (I had BIG problems there). This may be the first sculpted box joint box I’ve seen.

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

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#14 posted 02-10-2013 06:21 PM

Hey the guys who make the NICE BOXES, think it’s a nice box. That’s higher praise than I can give. LOL! I think every new project, and even repeating old will be a new journey. Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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