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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 11-26-2010 02:40 PM 1232 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back in my computer days thats how we thought the Japanese put their kit together. They used mice with tweezers! Anyway steady hands needed here for the assembly. I had cut four 2mm square Ebony strips for the edging.

So here we go. Edge the pieces. Just showing the top here.
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Each side piece was edged (one edge only) using the excess from the above. They were all trimmed to size on the disc sander, 180 grit disc. Attach side one to top, other sides ready and waiting. I think they enjoy watching.
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Side two on. Glue is cyanoacrylate (super glue). No wingeing out there its the best glue for the job.
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Sides three and four go on in similar fashion to produce this.
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I trued up the bottom on the disc sander, with as 240 grit disc. Then glued the bottom on. After five minutes to thoroughly dry I disc sanded the sides and top flat to give this.
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The wooden one is on the left. Its two mm higher because its still in one piece, haven’t done the separation cut yet. I need to build a jig to surround this with if I’m going to let the table saw blade see it.

Thats all for now. My hands are shaking.

Be seeing you.

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



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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 02:51 PM

Martyn,

Good grief! And you KNOW after all the work you put into this, someone is gonna pick this up in the future and say something like – “How cute, a tiny little box – must have taken you a few minutes to make this one…..” – Doh!

After this you need a simple project – how about building a nice, easy Maloof Rocking Chair. ;-)

Can’t wait to see inside this box – take your time sir! Take you time….. Murphy is ironic at times…...

-bob

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 02:55 PM

Bob, thats why its nice to have the pictures. At least when the table saw has it for dinner I can remember what it looked like, just before. Oh and its taken in excess of 200 minutes so far.

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

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SPalm

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 02:57 PM

You ‘da man, professor.
Truly stunning work. That is ridiculously small. Yikes.

Maybe use your new scrollsaw for the opening cut? It’s nice and gentle.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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nobuckle

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 02:58 PM

Very delicate. I’m impressed with the level of precision. I’d be afraid to even breath on them for fear that they might fall apart.

Doug, Ohio

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 03:05 PM

That is coming along nicely.
Your patience is incredible.

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 03:16 PM

Do the mice have a little tiny table saw you could use?? Promise them an extra piece of cheese if they would let you borrow it!

The faint of heart could NEVER even consider taking this beautiful, delicate little box near a table saw. Are you crazy Martyn??? How the heck are you going to do that? I was thinking along the lines with Steve that maybe the scroll saw would be the best bet to separate it, but even I know that it is so difficult to cut perfectly straight on it – certainly not to your caliber of work. You must have a mighty thin saw blade!

I’m cheering for your Martyn! Somehow I believe that we won’t only have the pictures to look at and that the final box will be a stunning addition under any mouse’s Christmas tree!

Beautiful job and unmatched patience!

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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patron

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 03:34 PM

maybe you can teach us
how to build one in a bottle soon

say a nail polish bottle lol

great box there martyn
keep up the good work

-- 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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racerglen

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#8 posted 11-26-2010 03:35 PM

How small are they? I’m thinking tiny enough to hold a half a thimble ? That’s some micro management for sure, very nice !
Do you have a bandsaw, that might be nicer to the little guys.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 11-26-2010 03:38 PM

Patron – I had to say- you are killing me!!! You are a funny, funny man! :D

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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rkoorman

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#10 posted 11-26-2010 04:05 PM

martyn

mindblowing…...just mindblowing…....

rick

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 11-26-2010 04:45 PM

Glen, 23mm (29/32”) on a side. Total volume 0.75 of a cubic inch! Thats 12cc (cubic centimetres).

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

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tdv

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#12 posted 11-26-2010 05:09 PM

Martyn there’ll be a lot of people trying to climb this mountain now, just because it’s there. I bet there are mice already drawing up the plans
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 11-27-2010 06:53 AM

Truly amazing. You got patience!!!!!! :-) Why not cut it by hand? You got to be kidding aobut using a TS! :-(( What are the dados for? Is that where the box lid fits over or into the box?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 11-27-2010 12:35 PM

Max, they’re for the lipping that locates the lid on the bottom half of the box.

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

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mafe

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#15 posted 12-03-2010 01:47 PM

Thats too wonderful. Love it.
I think also you have to choose another saw…
But with a board under while sawing, and a sharp blade it should be well possible.
You truely are a mad and wonderful professor.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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