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A personal challenge - The make #2: Day 2

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Hello again. Day two of the challenge. I decided to measure up everything and arrange it before me to see what materials I have to make this box.

It didn’t take long to decide on a four sided box. I will make it vertically grained as this is where I have most length in the flitches and I’ll loose at least 2mm height when I seperate the box halves, top from bottom . Another piece will be the bottom of the box and the last will be the lipping for the inside, this will locate the top.
The next thing to catch my eye was the (relatively) enormous piece of Sycamore. If I cut this into six 3mm square lengths I could use these for corner pieces for the sides (butt jointed) and a border for the top (mitred).

Brilliant. But, as you can see, like most best laid plans this one went slightly awry. When cutting the Sycamore (same ZC clearance jig as yesterday) one of the pieces was caught by the saw blade and flung off who knows where. Unless I find it I only have five 3×3x70mm pieces and may have to join the top borders. A minor inconvenience. I’ll already have to join two of the sides corners.
The rest of the pieces are planned to make up a chevron pattern for the top, so.

Once they’re sized to 8mm deep there should be enough material there for this.

Martyn (in Lilliput) signing out

Addendum

I found it. Looks like the saw chewed it a bit before it spat it out. Don’t know if I can rescue any of it.

Yes! 34mm.

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



10 comments so far

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#1 posted 1576 days ago

Awesome!
I can see it already!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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Cozmo35

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#2 posted 1576 days ago

Martyn, It is like watching a good movie unfold! I can hardly wait for the next episode! I hope you find the flying wood….

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 1576 days ago

So do I Cozmo. Things could get a bit tight otherwise.

As for the movie I think the box (office) will not be that large.

Martyn

-- 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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#4 posted 1576 days ago

hahahaaha!

-- dumpster diver delux

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1576 days ago

Great Blog, Martyn… You’re inspiring me to “think small” again, and revisit the scraps… Thanks for that!!
Be Extra-Careful with those little pieces!!

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

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stefang

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#6 posted 1576 days ago

So THAT’s how woodworking is done! I’ve always wondered and now I know. This is getting exciting and I’m beginning to sense a successful conclusion (providing you still have all your digits at the completion of the project) Martyn).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 1576 days ago

Awesome! :) It’s starting to look real.

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

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OutPutter

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#8 posted 1575 days ago

I thought this was going to be an inches project. No wonder you don’t have any materials. With all those metrics flying around you’re bound to get lost and confused. No doubt the sycamore was in metric and the saw was in inches. Anyway, I’ve heard you do a pretty good box so I’ll prolly keep following this. Just to see you know, if you can really make a box without a single inch.

-- Jim

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lumberdustjohn

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#9 posted 1575 days ago

Somewhere I have read this.
It must pertain to this project.

Size doesn’t matter?

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Houtje

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#10 posted 1574 days ago

Martyn it’s great what you are showing use!!!
Can’t wait to see the next episode.

Thanks for sharing

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