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Thirty years ago three of my work collegues and I rented a house in a place called Garden Avenue. To commemorate this I decided to make a limited edition box set, one for each of us.

The top design came first. I decided on a red, black and white design. The woods used were Padauk, Ebony and Sycamore (same family as Maple). First thing was to plane of the woods to the same thickness.

These were then cut into 6mm strips and arranged.

This arrangement was glued up into a block. The next step was to slice this block at 60°. I made up a jig with a slot cut partially through at 6mm in from the end

and started to cut the block up on the table saw, as shown. After six cuts I had five 60° cut slices and two end pieces.

Four slices were kept intact and the other broken up to provide fill-in pieces for the pattern. The parts were re-arranged by sliding each successive part one whole place up from the previous one. The fill-in pieces were used to plug the gaps at the top/bottom of the pattern.

This little assembly was glued up into a new block and the surplus trimmed off.

The new block was cut into four through the thickness, providing four identical patterns.

Thats the top pattern done. Further details of the rest of the project as I have time.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 1607 days ago

good details, very understandable thanks for the info through this great blog.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 1607 days ago

Hi Martyn, This is a very good blog with some good info. Many LJer’s really enjoy boxes and making them. I look forward to seeing more of your projects, and enjoyed seeing your last project. Thanks for sharing…..Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#3 posted 1607 days ago

Thanks guys. There will be more to follow

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 1607 days ago

Great blog, thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 1606 days ago

Thanks for the info

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 1606 days ago

Well, I know what the top for my next box will look like. I will have to decide how I am going to make the box.

Thanks for the excellent blog.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#7 posted 1606 days ago

Thanks for the illustrations!

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#8 posted 310 days ago

Very cool thanks for posting!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 281 days ago

RJ’s comment +1

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 246 days ago

just found this..thanks for sharing

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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