The Impossible #5: Fearless

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-15-2010 07:12 PM 2770 reads 7 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: One of these days (I'm going to cut you into little pieces) Part 5 of The Impossible series Part 6: Its high time, Cymbaline »

Today I sanded, I sliced, I diced and I shaped. I was not at home to Mr. Cockup. Today I’m fierce and to the strains of ‘Fearless’ off, Pink Floyd’s Meddle off I went. All this took just two hours..

First I sanded all the slices to 6.93mm

then I glued them together (superglue, most precise and quickest)

Then I shaped the triagle ends on the disc sander

The I fulfilled my promise of yesterday and chopped them into little pieces

Back to the tablesaw with some ebony and my 60° jig I cut some triangles

So now I have all the jigsaw pieces

and so a quick tryout. The edges aren’t cleaned up yet so I’m not overly worried about the fit at this stage. This basically is what it will look like.

Just one small section to tantalise. The grain direction works. The sizes are right. All that remains is clean up of the pieces and glue up.

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

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David Craig

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 07:16 PM

Fearless is a great title. What an intense design. Thanks for keeping up with the post.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 07:22 PM

That is amazingly wacko. You appear to be over the hill.
But Yikes, the clean up and glue up. I wonder why they are both ‘up’ ?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Will Stokes

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 07:28 PM

Eagerly awaiting part 6! :-) By the way, ebony was a great choice. It really lets the foreground “pop” if you know what I mean. I suspect design will really work well in the end…

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 07:29 PM

This is going to be incredibly eye-popping! My favorite project of yours is still the kaleidoscope boxes, but I think this one is going to be a contender.

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 07:31 PM

Fantastic Martyn, love it already…........

Edjumacate me if you would please: You said you used “super glue” to glue these small pieces together.
I am assuming you are referring to “CA” glue, if so, is it thin or thick?
You are going to use this as a boxtop: is this kind of glue strong enough? will there be a backing at all on this?

Sorry for all the ? but I have thought of using CA glue for some small pieces, but didn’t know if it would be strong enough…....

What are your thoughts…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 07:36 PM

Looks like you are approaching the home stretch. It is looking great.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 07:41 PM


The superglue mentioned is a thick (high viscosity) type.

The pattern is intended to be used as a box top and there may be a backing to it so the physical strength of the superglue joint would not be an issue.

If I glue-up the pattern from these pieces with PVA this would also not be an issue as the the superlue joint would be surrounded by PVA joints, significantly stronger.

I welcome questions so this is not a problem either.

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

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 07:42 PM

Martyn, I would have never believed it unless I had seen it with my own eyes! Only you could pull this off! UNBELIEVEABLE! You are THE master!!

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

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#9 posted 06-15-2010 08:31 PM

Wow man. And you figure out how to do it with so few piece types. I can’t wait to see this finished. I get confused just trying to think about it. Great job.

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

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#10 posted 06-15-2010 08:35 PM

Sure, it looks easy when YOU do it! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 06-15-2010 08:44 PM

That’s awesome…I wonder if piping in some Pink Floyd into my workshop will help me improve my skills.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 08:48 PM

This is beautiful! Thanks for continuing.


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Tony Strupulis

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#13 posted 06-15-2010 08:53 PM

I hope you get this project done before you get to “Echoes”. 23 minutes? That will really slow down your production rate!

-- Tony -

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#14 posted 06-15-2010 09:03 PM

Stop press! Still no clean-up of the pieces or glue but I have enough pieces for 250mm x 130mm. This is a dry run!

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#15 posted 06-15-2010 09:04 PM

Your creative imagination goes a long way.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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