42 #1: The Answer

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To life the Universe and everything. As all you readers of Douglas Adams’ Hitch-Hikers’s Guide to the Galaxy will know.

For me it is, as well as that, a quest for yet smaller wooden hinges. Don’t Panic (as the Guide says on it’s cover, in big, friendly, letters) I am prepared to fail on this one. This (lid removed for clarity) is what I am planning to achieve

A, cubic, reversible box with sides that are 42mm long and high by 3mm thick (1.65” by just under 1/8” thick for imperial readers).


You may well ask. I am going to use a variation on the clam shell technique used for 56 but this time I’m treating it almost like a parquetry exercise. I’m going to use three 1mm layers of wood, just over commercial veneer thickness, laminated like plywood. I plan to do all of the shaping work with a craft knife (X-acto in this case).

I’ve prepared three 1mm thick boards of Walnut, Sycamore and Sapele. Here they are with the knife in question and a length of 1mm brass rod (the hinge pin material)

and to show thickness

This should be fun. Trust me, I’m a man who knows where his towel is!

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 881 days ago

I wish you the best in accomplishing your goal. It will be interesting to see, for sure! Good luck, Martyn!


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

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#2 posted 881 days ago

Martyn .i’ll be waiting to see it .no doubt here i,ve seen your work it still amazes me the skills you have.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 881 days ago

Watching with great interest.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 881 days ago

It is the answer, but wisdom comes in understanding the question.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#5 posted 881 days ago

I have no doubt you will succeed, Martyn. Will be fun to watch

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 881 days ago

Looking forward to the next installment.

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

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#7 posted 881 days ago

You are fun to watch at work Martyn. I do love the way you think.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 881 days ago

Perfect choice of “42” mm as the side dimensions, Martyn! Douglas Adams would have been proud. Now, all that’s left is to complete your project before the Hyperspace Bypass comes through.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#9 posted 881 days ago

Damned Vogons!

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

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#10 posted 881 days ago

Just a teaser. I’ve experimented with various techniques and I think I’ve got it licked.

Details on how to get to that in the next blog entry. Oh and just to let you know that you got that shot because I’ve just discovered the ‘super-macro’ setting on my camera. Only had it 3 years, doh!

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

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#11 posted 881 days ago

Looking forward to another fine box Martyn. That is one nice looking hinge pin.

-- Mel,

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#12 posted 881 days ago

I’m glad to hear you keep your towel handy Martyn… ;)

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

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#13 posted 881 days ago

Arthur Dent couldn’t have done it bette Martyn.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 881 days ago

If anyone is going to do it- it’s going to be you Martyn. Then the rest of us will ooh and aah and try to replicate…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#15 posted 881 days ago

This will be cool to see. If anything wrong happens just fall, while forgetting about falling, and fly away.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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