This is a real-time blog, that is I am blogging as I am working on the project. As it is my own design I respectfully request that anyone wishing to copy it waits until I have posted the finished project. The first project I ever posted on LJ...
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Location: Devon, England, UK
I've done many jobs in my time from computers to shelf stacking but the one constant has been my hobby of box making. I do some furniture occaisionally but mostly boxes. Recently I've become interested in patterns (cutting boards, wall hangings).
I like using exotic woods and found Lumberjocks whilst searching for Ebony.You'll see a lot of that, plus Purpleheart, Padauk and a lot of other highly coloured woods in my work.
I woodwork for the challenge and enjoyment it brings. When I'm in my workshop all the everyday problems seem to disappear. Planning projects and overcoming woodworking problems are where I get my mental kicks.
I like trying different approaches and techniques. Unfortunately though I never got on with turning. I'm a great one for accuracy.
I like making my own tools and jigs but these are only a means to an end for me. Enabling me to complete whatever project I've just dreamt up.
An important note for anyone following my work. Particularly the blogging part. When I demonstrate techniques, guards and safety features are not shown in the interest of clarity of the particular point being made. It is YOUR individual responsibility to take any and all safety measures you see fit in order to protect yourself when woodworking. I am NOT in the business of telling you what safety measures to take. So no whingeing and don't bother telling me I need to work safer. My safety is MY responsibility.
Before you get any ideas about me being competitive, I march to my own tune thank you. I also design in and use the metric system. If you need to know the imperial equivalent of one of my measurements there is a calculator in the device you are using to read this with. There are 25.4mm to 1 inch. Its not rocket science. I expect people to wipe their own backsides.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com
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