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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 05-07-2011 04:50 PM 1543 reads 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Firstly, no-one is obliged to read, learn and inwardly digest this blog. Its there for those who are interested. So no gripeing.

Making a pattern with four overlapping colours was the main challenge on this project. My moment of clarity ( I don’t think atheists have epiphanies) was when I discovered that drawing diagonals across the top allowed me to progress. I made up four full patterns; Sycamore/Ebony, Sycamore/Purpleheart, Pau Amarello/Purpleheart and Pau Amarello/ Ebony. I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story

First cutting strips of the various woods

Then gluing them up

Then cutting across the blocks I had made and flipping every other strip longitudinally to make four indvivdual patterns

Inserting the red lines (finished box separation cut line) where appropriate and gluing up again.

I then glued MDF strips, half a pattern width x pattern height to both sides of each pattern

It is then a simple matter, on each pattern, to cut at 45° from the centre-top of the pattern to each of the two bottom corners (of the MDF strips). These four triangles now fit together to make the ‘net’ board for the box. These were glued up .

I then went through the Ezee Mitre technique to finish the box, missing out step 1 as the base is a pedestal one.

Made from four strips of Ebony mitred to an MDF core. This is covered on the inside of the finished box by a foam base liner and on the very bottom by stick on baize.

Thats it.

Be seeing you

-- 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 05-07-2011 05:01 PM

Thank you for taking the time to show us Martyn. You are a good teacher because it really looks quite logical when you show us step-by-step. I was wondering if you used the triangular scraps for another small box or project?? It would be a shame to waste them, I would think. Just wondering.

Thanks for the lesson.

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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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 05:05 PM

I was going to make a coaster for my tea mug, Sheila but I was concerned that the heat and/or hot tea might melt the glue in the patterns!

-- 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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#3 posted 05-07-2011 05:23 PM

What if you poured a clear epoxy resin over it and put a thin sheet of cork on the back? I have used this product

Envirotex Lite

with some success.

I wonder if they carry a similar product in your area? Just a thought. It is beautiful and a shame to waste even the smallest of scraps. :)

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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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 05:34 PM

Wow, That is so cool! I think it is amazing how you have mastered this style of Geometry and woodworking. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dennis Zongker

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patron

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 05:45 PM

another perfect example

of the un-fettered mind
at work

i have the feeling
more and more lately
you are related to that someone
who discovered the wheel

or even more important
in a three dimensional world

the marble

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 06:16 PM

David, I think I lost those ages ago,lol.

Thank, Sheila. I’ll look into it.

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

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 06:25 PM

Thank you Martyn for the pictures of the process. Thanks for the blog.

-- Mel,

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BarbS

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#8 posted 05-07-2011 06:34 PM

Thanks Martyn. Your descriptions are always clear and concise. Good tutorial!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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SPalm

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#9 posted 05-07-2011 07:49 PM

Sweet.

“It is then a simple matter….” Martyn, you have no idea what a simple matter is, me thinks.

Wonderful work. Cool project. Thanks for sharing,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 05-07-2011 07:50 PM

Another great Martyn. You certainly have the knack of making eyeball stretchers.:-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 05-07-2011 08:40 PM

thank´s Proffessor always a pleassure to follow one of your lecture :-)

take care
Dennis

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Monkeyshines

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#12 posted 05-07-2011 08:51 PM

Thanks for passing this along! I am looking forward to trying some of your ideas for my next project. My first attempt at your” E-Z Mitre technique” was a blast!

-- Monkeyshines

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#13 posted 05-07-2011 10:38 PM

I love the look and the skill Martyn, but I wonder how you manage to work with those patterns. They would send me into a spin!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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LittlePaw

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#14 posted 05-08-2011 01:55 AM

One of these days, Martyn!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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lanwater

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#15 posted 05-08-2011 07:13 AM

Thanks Martyn. Very usefull information.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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