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Project by Andy posted 11-01-2013 11:40 PM 4846 views 43 times favorited 65 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was is my fourth flip lid box, though I prefer to call them wing boxes
because they look like they are about to fly off when both lids are open.

Top- Bolivian Rosewood bordered with Madrone and edged in the center with walnut
Handle-spalted maple
Feet/bottom skirt is maple and walnut
Splines are maple
Brass hinge pins are plugged with wenge dowels, they were also added at the bottom corners for balance
Cabochon / button is black palmwood
Trays are madrone on black velvet
Lacquer finish in semi-gloss

Note: A fellow Lumber Jock asked me if I had a box for sale and I said I had one just about done. I finished it the next day and sent photos and a deal was made and it should arrive at its new home today.
I will let the new owner reveal who they are if they wish.

Here is a photo of how I started attaching my trays, which allows them to be easily removed and the bottom is left undamaged. Magnets set into a false 3/16’’ bottom panel align with ones countersunk in the bottom of each tray. I used 3/8 diameter cup style because thats what I had. They allow the box to be flipped over so you can read the info sheet on the bottom ( I also place another inside ) and the trays dont even move. A slight sideways pressure and they release for removal. Very slick if I do say so.

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

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 11:46 PM

Another beauty Andy ,the new owner will have a real work of art.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 11:47 PM

The more wood types bigger the challenge, but as always that is not a problem to you. You blended them together very well Andy. Nice work.

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 11:52 PM

Very nice Andy, congrats to the proud owner.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 11:53 PM

Always lovely Andy, no exception here.

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

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 11:54 PM

Andy: A great article.

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

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 11:58 PM

Hi Andy. Another wonderful box. I find these wing boxes sell rather well. You’re still the master.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 12:17 AM

Very beautiful work Andy, the magnets are a great idea to hold the trays in place without damaging the wood

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 12:24 AM

Words cannot describe this one and do it justice. I LOVE everything about it! Not sure I agree with your tag line though (some of us just don’t have your talent and imagination).

You are definitely the master of this style box!

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

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 12:33 AM

Just amazing! I would say “Holy Moly”, but even that doesn’t describe the exquisite beauty of this box. Simply a masterful piece of work!

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

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 12:33 AM

Another Beauty, Andy. Super clever design on the trays

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

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 12:43 AM

That is a super box. I really like the sculpted top and the straights sides and your wood combination is so very nice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 11-02-2013 12:53 AM

Wow, another beauty Andy…great idea with the magnets for the trays! Great wood choice as always..

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 01:02 AM

Andy you just keep on going with your wonderful renditions of superb box making. Very inspiring Andy can’t wait to get back in the shop…thanks my friend!

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#14 posted 11-02-2013 01:07 AM

So many lines, grains, patterns, figure, colors and adornments, I don’t know where to look next.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#15 posted 11-02-2013 01:22 AM

if you would post one of these a day, it would make me happy to look at them all the live long day, i love your designs and i love your wood choices, fantastic work Andy…so if you do these , how do you find time to work at any other job, thanks Andy ….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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