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The Impossible #6: Its high time, Cymbaline

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-17-2010 06:16 PM 3133 reads 10 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You are not going to believe how simple this glue-up is going to be. Some of you will not believe it will work. Others, possibly some of the cutting board purists, will say I’m cheating. Frankly Scarlet I don’t give a damn (name that movie). This is a box top and all its joints don’t have to be impervious to water, like a cutting board. I will flood the top of the pattern with a clear epoxy finish ultimately, anyhow.

These are the players in this little drama. Left, the pattern held tightly in a six sided frame (more of which in a moment.Top left, vertically grain orientated (relative to the Ebony grain direction in the pattern) 1.5mm Birch aeroply. Top right, horizontally grain orientated 1.5mm Birch aeroply. Bottom left 6mm MDF backing board. Bottom right, 6mm MDF top board, slightly smaller than the pattern being clamped.

The pattern frame

consists of six pieces all slightly shorter than the side length of the pattern. Each with a slot at the rear to accept a long string, used to pull them and therefore the pattern evenly together. Tied off when tightened.

Clamped

withe twelve clamps. In order from bottom to top. Backing board, horizontal aeroply (top glued), vertical aeroply (top glued), pattern in frame, top board (holding the pattern pieces flat). Its in there with the glue setting as I blog. Oh and yes I’m aware that I will have to cut the pattern frame off afterwards. Will it work? Should do, don’t know. Its the first time I’ve done it like this. We’ll see.

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



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 06:22 PM

It really looks cool. (I can hear the drum roll in the background!) You’ve got our full attention, Martyn . . . I am sure waiting for the glue to dry is much like watching the pot of water come to a boil in instances like this. The anticipation is thrilling!

I can’t wait to see the unveiling! Something I am so looking forward to! Great job!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 06:22 PM

Great clamping technique along with a out of this world great board.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 06:40 PM

Looking great Martyn. Now that it’s almost finished, I’m beginning to wonder what you will be coming up with next. Especially since you have now set the bar so high. A challenging thought, huh?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 06:52 PM

HA! You did it! WOW

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

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majeagle1

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 07:03 PM

Looooooooooooookin good ! Love your techniques and this is going to be one beautiful box.

Of course, you are going to use the same pattern for the box sides and bottom….. right !!?? LOL

Can’t wait for the conclusion to this fine drama.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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SPalm

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 07:23 PM

Never seen THAT before. I have seen the string technique, but not used with a sandwich. I trust you Man.

Those clamps sure look purty.

Your Student,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Kent Shepherd

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 08:03 PM

Great series!

Thanks for taking the time to share.
Kent

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 06-17-2010 08:24 PM

Here it is trimmed. Rough sanded with 150 grit nd sealed. A little gappy in places but it proves a point. Sometimes the impossible is acheivable.

Thats it for this blog. The pattern will probably be incorporated in a box in the near future. I’ll post that when its complete. The box making stuff is going to be nothing new. Hope you enjoyed this. Go on have a play. You must be able to do it tighter than this or different. You choose.

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

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Mary Anne

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#9 posted 06-17-2010 08:37 PM

Impossible! :) Your creativity is boundless.
If I had that sitting in my house, I would probably get even less done than I do now. It is fantastic to stare at in pictures… I can only imagine to hold it in my hands.

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#10 posted 06-17-2010 09:54 PM

interressting mix of tecnic # Speed
it´s deffently a classroom we have to follow closely
or ells…....wooood be difficult to read up before excamination

thank´s once more Martyn to have used your valueble time
to knock some wisdom in to empty heads

Dennis

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#11 posted 06-17-2010 09:59 PM

Wow! Martyn, I think you need a holiday at the beach to clear your head after this. Awesome! Rand

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#12 posted 06-18-2010 12:08 AM

Martyn, That is absolutely AMAZING! I am in awe! As I stated before,...”You are THE MASTER!”

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

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CampD

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#13 posted 06-18-2010 12:11 AM

Wow, that has some depth to it.
Nice!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 01:15 AM

Great Series, Martyn!!
My hat is off to you, Sir!! (because I’m still scratching my head in wonder!!) :)

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

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#15 posted 06-18-2010 01:41 AM

Martyn, You exceeded my expectations by far. Superb work and I thank you for doing this blog and showing us how the Master Works.

Everyone all together now: 3 cheers for Martyn!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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