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Most of you won’t know me. I used to be a regular poster to this site, but the busyness of life took me away from woodworking. Never-the-less, I have been occasionally visiting to see some fairly amazing creations.

I first became aware of Andy’s work when he commented on one of my boxes.

Then he showed us his Art Boxes and I was blown away. I had never seen anything like them and filed it away for something I would attempt some day.

Well, that day has come ~ a life-time friend of mine is turning 70 this fall. I live in Australia but will be visiting him in Vancouver, Canada, in a few weeks, so I wanted to make this one for him. To me, this style of box has a masculine feel to it; kind of rugged and weather-beaten. So I set about copying Andy’s box style using Aussie wood. Remember, copying is the sincerest form of flattery.

The box body and lid are made of Jarrah. Normally, Jarrah is a fairly tight grained red timber with not much grain contrast. But I found this piece of Jarrah with amazing colouring, so thought it would make an attractive piece. I made sure that the grain ran around the box in a continuous flow. The medallion insert is another uniquely Australian species known as Celery-top Pine. And the Handle is my favorite Australian wood, Huon Pine. Whilst Jarrah is a fairly hard Eucalyptus, the two Pine species are in the conifer family and are quite soft and easy to work and shape.

The finish is one coat of shellac to seal the grain and four coats of MinWax Wipe-On Poly with a light buffing between each coat using very fine steel-wool. I wait 24 hours between each coat to make sure each coat is hardened right through.

I found an old piece of material in a tapestry weave to line the box bottom that I thought complemented the colour of the wood and at the same time, enhance the masculine look of the box. I call the box ”Driftwood”.

It’s no Crawford, but it’s my tribute to the finest box maker on this site.

Oh, and by the way, I still love small wooden boxes!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 388 days ago

A lovely looking box Don. I love the way the grain flows

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 387 days ago

Great looking box, Don. I’m sure your friend will love it. It ’s nice to see you’re still part of LJ’s too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 387 days ago

A beautiful box, nice soft looking rises and falls in the carving and beautiful wood colour…Just superb

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 387 days ago


Glad to see you posting a new project. A beautiful box it is.

Some great grean selections.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 387 days ago

Great work and enjoy the visit with you Life Long friend! I’m sure he will love this.. A real Beauty!

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

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#6 posted 387 days ago

Fine, Fine Box! I am sure your friend will love it.
I think it is a great tribute to your friend and to Andy!
Nice Work!

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

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#7 posted 387 days ago

Wow! This is a beautiful box. You really did a nice job.

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 387 days ago

WOW! It’s so nice! I’s so beautiful! That box is going to make someone very happy!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 387 days ago

Don, happy to see you back in the shop, I’ve been wondering what happened to you, glad you are doing well and back in the groove. Your Andy inspired box came out very nice, your friend will be very happy with it.

I seem to have heard somewhere that you Love Boxes :-). Nice to have you back.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 387 days ago

I love that you love small boxes! So good to see your work and words again.
Hope all is well for you and yours down under.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 387 days ago

Beautiful box, Don. I really like that center key or spline too. You did a great job. Your friend will be quite proud of the gift.
You said “Remember, copying is the sincerest form of flattery” Well, giving credit where credit is due is the sincerest form of integrity. I appreciate your box and your integrity.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 387 days ago

What a great looking box and all those “down under” woods are just beautiful.

Andy has inspired many people to strive for his level of skill.

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

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#13 posted 387 days ago

You did a top notch job on this box and your friend will most certainly be extremely excited with it. Celery top pine…now there is another wood I have heard of for the first time…

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#14 posted 387 days ago

This is why I love this site – you are all so Kind in your comments.

I have to correct my post regarding the two Pine species to which I referred.

The timber known as Celery Top Pine is not a eucalypt, but a conifer (meaning cone bearing). So is Huon Pine. Both are softwoods. [I’ve corrected this in my post].

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 386 days ago

Very wonderful and eye-pleasing

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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