"Wave" a sculpted box

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Project by Andy posted 376 days ago 2850 views 26 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a slight departure with the shaping on this box, very subtle contours were made along the sides and back, and just a slight pillow effect was profiled on top. The front has the most dramatic shaping which is in a successive wave type pattern.

The handle features a core of vermilion and is sandwiched between spalted maple, which ties in with the center panel of the lid. The body has a slight recess to allow the lid to be lifted but blends in with the overall design, not looking too obvious.

The body is Leopardwood which resembles Lacewood but it is much heavier and harder.

Some of the more difficult aspects of my boxes is the following: I prefer nestling the handle into the body for a more organic look, I think its worth the extra time, the handle doesn’t look like an add on like my earlier ones did.

I spend extra time making sure my corner joints come out with no gaps, extremely tight, so no putty needed :-)

I like to sand a soft radius on the edge of the lid which matches the radius on the lip of the body giving the box a nice fitted look.

The fat boy corner splines were made by stacking maple and bloodwood, which had to be fitted by sanding and testing many times.

The spalted maple lid panel had fissures that required filling with CA, you can see it as some of the black streaks on top and on the underside.

The finish is lacquer, semi-gloss.

1/8” brass pins were used for the hinges.

Shaping was done using a 4’’ angle grinder with a 5’’ 50 grit sanding disc, no guard. Be careful !!
The waves were enhanced with a Foredom grinder and a ball shaped bit.
Lots of hand sanding.

The tray is western big leaf maple with a wild figure. I like this style of tray, which I came up with on this box.

If you want to try this:
Simply take a 3/4’’ thick piece a little larger than needed and scoop out the trays by eye using a Foredom, grinder, chisels, or your pet beaver, and then bore as many holes as you like all the way through using a forstener bit, the black velvet liner on the bottom of the inside of the box will become the bottom of those round “trays”.

Thanks for looking and any comments you leave.

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

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#1 posted 376 days ago

Very lovely piece with a lot of elbow grease applied!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 376 days ago

Wonderful as always Andy. Glad to see you still at it. The handle but more important the splines really highlight this box.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 376 days ago

OMG! Andy you moved the benchmark on box making again. The inside is a step up! Great color and craftsmanship. We can all make a box, and many have learned how to make your boxes but as I said to my wife its a Joan Miro or a Piccasso in your work.

Great to see you posting!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 376 days ago

I sat back in my chair and said WOW! This is so beautiful. Andy you have created a work of art that pops right off the page. Absolutely Gorgeous! I love it! Well done!

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

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#5 posted 376 days ago

Your word Andy – organic -says it all.
Who knew you could refine an already perfect style.
I have great admiration for your attention to detail and of course for your truly artistic eye.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 376 days ago

VERY nice box and beautiful wood…....

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 376 days ago

Very nice job. The subtle curves look great, and the blending of the lid to the handle. The fat decorative splines really accent the piece, too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 376 days ago

Inside is great also

-- Quicksilver

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#9 posted 376 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! I love the woods and the detail in this box.

-- Anna

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#10 posted 376 days ago

Absolutely stunning. That one will be a challenge for those hacks to copy..
That one should be on display somewhere. Such a beautiful piece of art and craftsmanship
BTW… your photography is great too!

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

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#11 posted 376 days ago

Beautiful work….....such a refined eye for composition …...nice one .

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#12 posted 376 days ago

Andy, I looked up “stunning” in the dictionary, and found this beautiful piece : )
I would love to see this in person.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 376 days ago

Another great box Andy…I love the tray and the wood choices. The shaping is superb as usual.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#14 posted 376 days ago

Andy: A great looking box. Nice enhancements.

-- 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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#15 posted 376 days ago

Wow Andy. That will look beautiful no matter where is sets

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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