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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 1528 days ago 1110 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like the way LJ’s have been re-cycling and using offcuts for projects. I’ve decided to set myself a personal challenge and do this too. What you see below is a collection of offcuts. To give you an idea of scale the block of Ebony, which is an offcut from the Kaleidascope box project, measures 38×36 x 27mm ( about 1.5 x 1.4×1.1 inches). I am going to make a box with only these offcuts. Glue and finish will of course be used but the box itself will be only made of this. Jigs will be used (as much as possible existing ones) as I’d like my fingers and all other parts of my body to remain intact.

When finished I’ll post it as a completed project. I haven’t set myself a time limit but the box could reasonably be expected to be in my mini exhibition in July/August so keep an eye out. If I fail I’ll post pictures of the disaster as an addition to this blog, by then.

Martyn

Oh sh*t, what have I done?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#1 posted 1528 days ago

Can’t wait to see it!
Good luck!
Scraps are a lot of fun!

-- dumpster diver delux

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#2 posted 1528 days ago

Go Martyn!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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littlecope

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#3 posted 1528 days ago

Sheesh, Martyn, just one box?! You have tons of wood there!! ;-)
Years ago, somebody told me about a shop teacher that they had who, as a final exam for the class, gave each student two identical boards. The test was for them to make whatever they could come up with using only those two boards… I’ve always liked that idea!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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stefang

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#4 posted 1528 days ago

This should be fun and a great way to get the creative juices flowing Martyn! I hope when finished you will also let us know your thought processes towards designing and building it. Good luck with your worthy quest!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 1528 days ago

Mike (Littlecope) . lol.

I had a woodwork teacher like that. He wasn’t all bad though. He let us make bows and arrows but only if they could fire over 25 feet. If not he snapped them in two. He ran the Archery after school class.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BarbS

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#6 posted 1528 days ago

Interesting… setting tight limits is one of the best ways to force creativity. And that is one nice block of ebony you have! Expensive stuff. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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GBS

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#7 posted 1528 days ago

Watch your fingers!

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1528 days ago

Oh yes. I count them out and I count them back in again.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Cozmo35

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#9 posted 1528 days ago

Martyn, If anyone can do it,...you can! I’ll be waiting patiently for the finished product.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1528 days ago

Barbs I never throw any Ebony away. I have a small box full of little bits which I will get around to using one day.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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patron

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#11 posted 1528 days ago

good challenge ,

and due to size ,

i guess you will be thinking ,

outside the box ,

on this one (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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tyskkvinna

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#12 posted 1527 days ago

This is such a great idea. :) I’m going to be following your progress on it. I really appreciate tiny things (I’m a miniaturist). the wood is so pretty – what a great colour scheme.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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