Life is like a box of chocolates

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Project by Tallahassee posted 05-29-2013 05:46 AM 1702 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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#1 posted 05-29-2013 06:16 AM

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

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

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#2 posted 05-29-2013 10:51 AM

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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#3 posted 05-29-2013 11:36 AM

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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#4 posted 05-29-2013 11:47 AM

That is so cool, well done.

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

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#5 posted 05-29-2013 12:26 PM

Thats cool…great job !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 05-29-2013 01:29 PM

Really neat box!

-- Harry, Indiana

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#7 posted 05-29-2013 01:32 PM

A wonderful project and very creative. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 05-29-2013 01:45 PM

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

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

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 01:47 PM

A family Heirloom that’ll be cherished for years.

Great work Dana!

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#10 posted 05-29-2013 01:58 PM

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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#11 posted 05-29-2013 02:04 PM

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

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 05-29-2013 02:20 PM

Very cool idea and beautifully done.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 05-29-2013 03:06 PM

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

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 05-29-2013 05:37 PM

Thanks to everyone for the compliments and kind words!

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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#15 posted 05-29-2013 05:52 PM

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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