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Snakes Pattern in Solid Wood #5: The final scene or Cleopatra's Asp

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-04-2010 06:45 PM 3001 reads 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took the board out of the clamp, today. Relatively easily as it happened. Sanded both sides up and gave it a coat of oil. Well I say a coat but end grain drinks harder than some of the girls I dated in my teen years. Anyway by no means finished here’s a peek

I prefer sharp square edges and for me the ends of this are just not tidy enough and I just think that if I rounded the edges it would look far too busy. I may frame it, in some mid-tone wood, like Oak. Ebony would be good, anyone know if this is poisonous?

I do like the snakes though. One of my better patterns

I learned some things on this one. Always be sure what the grain direction is, Titebond III is like toffee (taffy) when its sets (I dont like it or the glue line it betrays), partial glue-ups work if you’re careful, never underestimate ingenuity in the face of adversity and never plug your sander in with the lead taught (you’ll nudge the lead, unseat the plug and think you’ve broken it).

Thats it for this blog then. I’ll post the board as a project if it ends up half decent and anyway I have more ideas bubbling up. I need to improve the dust extraction for the sander, there’s a nice impossible pattern I might try, something else with dice and something arty. Where will I find the time?

Be seeing you.

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



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 06:46 PM

Very nice a great blog

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 06:47 PM

Christ you’re quick, Jim. Thanks for the feedback.

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

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 07:01 PM

looks great Martyn
those snakes come out fare better than I thougt they wuold
thankĀ“s again for taking your time

Dennis

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hairy

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 07:15 PM

Wow! It looks like a painting by M. C. Escher. It’s awesome.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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Jack Barnhill

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 07:16 PM

My son (22) was just walking into the room when I pulled you your post. His first reaction was, “That’s cool! What is that?’ so I explained what it is and the process of how you made the board. Needless to say, we both think it’s cool and are anxious to see the finished project.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 07:19 PM

Hey if you run that through your planer then you’ll have “Snakes on a Plane!”

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#7 posted 06-04-2010 07:25 PM

LMAO

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

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#8 posted 06-04-2010 07:28 PM

That looks impressive. Keeping the grain in the right direction must have been a bear.

Well done Martyn! Good series.

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

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 08:26 PM

I have decided that my way would be a little more time consuming so I am going with a completely different and I hope kinda new design…
Your work is outstanding…and the way you documented it… wonderful
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 06-04-2010 08:38 PM

Thank you, Larry. Coming from an expert on this type of work this is high praise indeed. I look forward to seeing your new design.

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

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SPalm

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#11 posted 06-04-2010 08:48 PM

Nice board Sir.
Well done and it was a great pleasure to watch.
Thanks for the views.

Stevee

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 06-04-2010 10:34 PM

Great Blog, Great Board, Martyn!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Journey… :)

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

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#13 posted 06-04-2010 10:56 PM

great work , martyn .

swift and sure .

nice design !

-- 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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#14 posted 06-04-2010 10:56 PM

” end grain drinks harder than some of the girls I dated in my teen years” LOL!!! I hear you brother!!!

This is an AWESOME pattern! Great job Martyn! Now go have a beer….or two.

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

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#15 posted 06-05-2010 04:02 AM

nice board martyn looks real good

-- wchips

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