Pantograph, Inlay and Andy Boxes

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Project by Bearpaw posted 05-13-2013 01:51 AM 3008 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems as if many of the LJ’s are taking their pet projects in different directions and higher art forms. I see what Degoose has done with his cutting boards. Look what Greg the Cajun Box Sculptor is doing with his beautiful boxes.

I like to make the Andy boxes. I have made them as gifts, to raise money for mission trips and sold a few. I have to replenish stock some way. I thought that it would be interesting to do an in-lay. But I had no way to carve the in-lay. Have you ever tried to carve purple heart? So I need a way to do the in-lay carving. I have an idea – a pantograph, but I do not have the money for one.

Well, I have a HF trim router with a missing base. I will try to do it free hand. Forget that. I went on line to find someone that had made a pantograph and came up with the one that Cosmos Bauer made. That with in its self was an interesting project. So now I can do my in-lays.

I had posted some Andy boxes before that showed a jig to drill the holes for the brass pins. The mistake that I made was the wood chosen to support the box while drilling. The wood was too soft and the index hole became very loose and I was not getting good positing of the drill bit. So I built a new one and used purple heart. This should last much longer.

The in-lay material is 5 minute epoxy glue dyed with black India ink. Make sure never to use a water based ink. It does not mix well with the epoxy.

The first in layed box I made is from soft maple and purple heart. I in layed a musical quarter note. I am making three of them for different talented musical people. One if for Dr. Jon Duncan the Music and Worship Specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention. The other is for Reverend Monte Nichols the Minister of Music for my church, and the last is for Judy Crumley the Pianist for my church.

So I am trying to follow the lead of some of my talented friends on LJ by trying something new. I hope that this will challenge you to try something different.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 03:57 AM

Great piecs and well done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 01:13 PM

Very nice.
This opens the door to many ideas, thanks for sharing with us.

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 02:17 PM

Nice job!

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 05-14-2013 12:55 AM

Your box is very nice but the shop made pantograph machine…....amazing! You have some serious talent. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 02:28 AM

Sweet, doubt I will be getting on making one anytime soon but a must in the future! Sorry I did not comment sooner I have been busy getting the car running I got for the wife. Then the immigration request came for more information that my wife and I cohabitate and co-mingle our lives. Not really sure exactly what they mean, but have a few ideas … (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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