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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 11-23-2010 07:45 PM 1550 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all. A little while back someone came up with a box that was 2 cubic inches in size. I looked up my old ‘Little Bess Ring box’ posting and found that to be approaching 3 cubic inches. Now there’s a challenge I thought. So was born the idea for Atom, a 1 cubic inch box. Here is the paper model
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Its full size at 24mm on a side (just under 1”). It will have 2mm (5/64”) thick walls. The lid will be drop on.

Now there is a tiny box.

Here is a pic of my progress so far
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The black piece on the left is the material (2mm thick Ebony) for the bottom and the framing for the sides and top. The model is at the top. The cross shape is the sides and top of the box, still in one piece as they’ve just been glued and also need thickness sanding to 2mm (I think it’ll be easier to do in one piece). The sides are 2mm strips of, in order; Sycamore, Pau Amarello, English Yew, Padauk and Purpleheart, repeated on each side.

So far the sawing has been done on the tablesaw as the pieces were reasonably robust. I dont trust it for the cut to separate the top from the sides (in the above cross shape). I wouldn’t even think of EZmitre at side thicknesses under 6mm. It may be done on the bandsaw, I have spare pieces with which to do a dry run, or my new scroll saw. Needless to say I’m glad I’ve got my new glasses. I’m going to need them and a pair of tweezers.

Be seeing you.

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



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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 07:56 PM

Just because you can !!! Nice Colors !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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SPalm

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 08:03 PM

Wow.
Looks cool.
And it keeps down on the cost of lumber I guess.

Good luck,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 08:03 PM

DaddyZ, just because I hope I can!!!

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 08:06 PM

Steve, I’m thinking of trying to enlist the help of my shop spider in the construction. He’s about the right size.
All lumber is from the scraps box so ZERO cost!!!

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

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lilredweldingrod

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 08:18 PM

Martyn, maybe you should get some watchmakers tools and a microscope, the way you are going. lol And I am off to Lilliput.

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Dez

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 08:40 PM

Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it is less work OR easier!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 08:52 PM

Martyn, if anyone can BB can. :)
Look forward to seeing it.
I thought my offcut bin would suit you.
The way your going you will be using pieces from the sawdust.
Truly amazing.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 09:22 PM

this look very interresting waow only one cubic inch
I look forward to see how that goes
good luck Martyn but becarefull you will get scary close to the blade
I wuold deffently recoment the zennonhandsaw with 52 teeth pr. inche for this
or the bigbrother with 32 teeth pr.inche they are fanstaic little saws for theese kind
of jobs

take care
Dennis

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 09:43 PM

Thanks, Dennis. Never thought of that.

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

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 09:58 PM

This will be fun to watch! Good luck!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 10:05 PM

Martyn take a look at Mads´s (Mafe) rewiew on them

Dennis

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Div

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#12 posted 11-23-2010 10:33 PM

Yoh, wish my eyes were still that good!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 11-23-2010 11:09 PM

MArtyn, you eyes are obviously better than my by a far shot! Good luck and I can’t wait to see the results!

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

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moshel

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#14 posted 11-23-2010 11:42 PM

and they say that size doesn’t matter!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#15 posted 11-23-2010 11:45 PM

Martyn,

First of all I have to say that You are NUTS, but we all already know this….....

I would suggest a razor saw – nice straight cutting and you can take it as easy as you want – also not a lot of waste in the kerf….....

Good luck – I’ll be watching out for the completed one! And also, “Son of Atom”, the 1/10 of one cubic inch! ;-)

Later!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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