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Project by Tallahassee posted 411 days ago 1455 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Borrowing” liberally from Andy and other LJs, I created this box for my great-niece who just graduated from high school and is headed to engineering school at Auburn University. I call it the “Life is like a box of chocolates” box. The main box is cherry, the medallion is goncalo alves, the insert is maple, the handle is amboyna burl, and the wooden hinges (my first) are black walnut. It was finished with a seal coat of dewaxed shellac, then 5 coats of brushed lacquer.

The “chocolates” on top are made from numerous exotic and domestic woods, including bloodwood, redheart, wenge, ebonized cherry, and maple. They’re embedded in a thin layer of epoxy. The bottom liner is blue faux suede, blue being her favorite color.

My niece loves it. I’m a happy uncle.

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL





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redryder

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#1 posted 411 days ago

Wow.
Great box of sweets….........................

-- mike...............

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 410 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Your attention to detail is spot on and the hinges are to die for. Very nice craftsmanship!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 410 days ago

Wow that is sweet! No pun intended….. Great job its a work of art.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Dale

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#4 posted 410 days ago

That is so cool, well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#5 posted 410 days ago

Thats cool…great job !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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harrywho

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#6 posted 410 days ago

Really neat box!

-- Harry, Indiana

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 410 days ago

A wonderful project and very creative. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Andy

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#8 posted 410 days ago

Very nice, that’s a lot of work fitting and sanding all those pieces.
Well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 410 days ago

A family Heirloom that’ll be cherished for years.

Great work Dana!

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abie

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#10 posted 410 days ago

Your patience has been rewarded.
a very nice box a la “ANDY”
visited Talahassee recently have good friends there.
He coaches in the UF Circus.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 410 days ago

That is such an original idea! excellent work on a beautiful box.

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 410 days ago

Very cool idea and beautifully done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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fernandoindia

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#13 posted 410 days ago

A beautiful box, and very creative. Designing chocolates is my toughest part. Well done

-- Back home. Fernando

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Tallahassee

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#14 posted 410 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the compliments and kind words!

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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Tallahassee

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#15 posted 410 days ago

Bruce, you do some nice “Andy” boxes, too. And you might want not want to visit Tallahassee again for a while. That’s the FSU circus, and UF and FSU have a huge rivalry. Ha!

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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