A personal challenge - The make #4: Day 4

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 05-08-2010 04:08 PM 1797 reads 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello minature box junkies everywhere. I was going to take some good advice and close it down for the weekend but at the moment I feel like a kid at Christmas. I can’t wait to see what this box will look like or even if it’ll be a total disaster.

First things first. I cut the rectangle out of the guide for laying out the top and now I had a window onto what would be the best part of the glue-up to use.

I marked it up and proceeded to cut it up. Using a scrap bit of MDF as a backing to minimise tear-out.

This is the result, slightly oversized and scrubbed up on the belt sander.

Merde! I had over sanded. The top was now only

SEVEN millimetres thick!! Quick cup of tea and a chocky bicky. Panic subsided the next to re-saw the pattern. I made up a push-stick to completely hold the top piece (I didn’t want it flying away ala the Sycamore in part 1).

The blade was set for slightly under half height and two passes made to produce this.

The two halves parted easily and when book-matched produced this

I then started to make up the box, using the stock of my metal square as – well a square really. It also provided me with something to finger clamp against during the 30 seconds the glue needs to dry.

I just couln’t resist cleaning it up on the sander and giving it a quick coat of sanding sealer. Here it is, bottom up.

Resized the top on the disc sander and started to cut the mitred surround

When cramp set in, in my left arm so no more today. See you all in part 5 hopefully.

Happy trails

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

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Mary Anne

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 04:22 PM

I am really enjoying this blog series.
I alternate between slack-jawed fascination and lip-biting anticipation.
Well… I really, really like it and I am learning a lot. It is just so much more fun to say it the other way. ;)
My next attempt at a box will be improved for reading this.

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 04:23 PM

great work there , martin !

and the tutorial is good for everyone .

arm lock ,
worse than brain lock !

take some time off ,
and enjoy MOTHERS DAY .

that will heal you up !

ha , no misspell .

-- 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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#3 posted 05-08-2010 04:24 PM


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

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Jack Barnhill

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 04:26 PM

I’m really enjoying your miniature box blog. I like the details that you’re sharing and the box looks like it will be quite nice too.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 04:29 PM

I really enjoy your work and this blog very interesting and informative. Great Job

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 05:06 PM

Hi Martyn Great job…... Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#7 posted 05-08-2010 05:35 PM

A wonderful blog. I eagerly await part 5.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#8 posted 05-08-2010 06:27 PM

This box is going to look great! I’m enjoying the story…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 05-08-2010 06:30 PM

This is great. I can imagine how nerve racking it was to cut that piece in two….

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#10 posted 05-08-2010 06:48 PM

well if you wont take a advice of relax a little from time to time….........well you know what happen
keep up the great work with your toturials we realy enjoy them a lot
and the box starting to look realy great


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#11 posted 05-08-2010 06:50 PM

I love it!!!

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#12 posted 05-08-2010 06:59 PM

mtkate, its going to be more nerve racking when I have to cut the box in two!!!!!!


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

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#13 posted 05-08-2010 07:08 PM

Never really read any of these blogs before, and I’m not sure why I had clicked on this blog. But I’m hooked on this one. Just read all of it, and can’t wait for the next installment. Very entertaining – and informative.

I’m starting to look at my little cutting board scraps in whole new light.

-- Scott - Houston, Texas

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#14 posted 05-08-2010 08:07 PM

It is looking good Brit. Be careful cutting those small pices on the table saw. I have 2 short fingers trying to cur small peces. Man it goes unbelivabley quick

-- wchips

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#15 posted 05-08-2010 08:59 PM

Very enjoyable and informative Martyn. The chevron looks so easy maybe even I could attempt such a thing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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