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Project by gfadvm posted 323 days ago 1781 views 19 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow LJ Robert Triplett sent me several pieces of woods that I had admired but never actually touched. This box made use of some amazing curly redwood (top panel) and some curly Douglas Fir (side panels). I framed these with some QS Oklahoma sycamore. Patron style hinges are Jatoba. Dividers and tray are Doug Fir salvaged from my dad’s old barn. All splines are redwood as are the dowels that pin the top half laps. Dimensions: 12 1/2×8 1/2×5 1/2”. Finished with rubbed on shellac. Thanks again Robert for allowing me to play with some very unusual and beautiful wood.

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

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#1 posted 323 days ago

That is very nice

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#2 posted 323 days ago

gosh Andy, that is one very beautiful box, this is one of your best, its so darn nice and just enjoy looking at it, very good use of the wood and the design is right on…ive gotten some good inspiration on boxes, but im busy with other projects for now…will get to some boxes a bit later, i do have some to make for some folks…i hope your all well, and your wife also…bob

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#3 posted 323 days ago

You’re going to have to show me how you make parts for these when I come down. I absolutely love the way you do it.

-- 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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#4 posted 323 days ago

you sure do some beautiful work andy

everything about this box is right on

from the combination of the woods
to the smooth and exact joinery

very nice indeed

-- 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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#5 posted 323 days ago

Nice piece

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#6 posted 323 days ago

Beautiful wood, used in a beautiful way! Amazing box

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#7 posted 323 days ago

Wow is that amazing…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 323 days ago

Another very nice one Andy, The passion you possess really shows in your work.

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#9 posted 323 days ago

Ill say amazing. Nice work Andy. Any pocket screws?

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

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Again, you don’t cease to amaze!!! Fantastic work. I’m in awe!!!

-- 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 323 days ago

That is awesome Andy…those woods are fantastic and only surpassed by your creative talents…!

-- 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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#12 posted 323 days ago

Magnificant! My goodness Andy you’ve done some very fine work before, but the wood selections and combinations mave resulted in this’en being one of your finest. Ya gonna put it to use in your own home I hope.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#13 posted 323 days ago

Nice use of the wood. I have been wondering when the Sycamore would show up!! You set off the curl in both woods. Glad you are having fun with it.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#14 posted 323 days ago

Really cool box Andy, love the combinations.

-- 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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#15 posted 323 days ago

Thanks all for the kind words.

Dave, I hid em pretty good, huh?

Robert, This is almost the end of my sycamore stash. I had one 2×12x 1 5/8 about 7 feet long that was flatsawn. I’ve been slicing the edges off to create some QS as it’s one of my favorites to work with. It’s down to 4 1/2” wide and about 4 feet long!

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

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