42 #2: One sunny afternoon

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 03-25-2012 01:43 PM 1613 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again.

Now the ‘boards’ you saw in part one were oversize at 45mm wide, purposefully so. Its easier to glue up and cut. There is a small allowance for error, if one piece isn’t square with the next layer. So, first things first, cut out six of each wood 45mm square. I always cut a spare just in case of screw ups.

The first shaping work will be done with two layers stuck together

Spares to the right. The sycamore is glued to the Sapele with superglue, using an accelerator on one piece

the grain on the two layers being at 90° to each other, just like plywood. The pieces are labelled Left, Back, Right, Front and Top (L,B,R,F,T). Then, paying attention to grain direction they are taped together on a piece of masking tape which itself is taped down to the cutting board.

A nominal centre line is drawn through all and lines for the hinge pin slots marked.

They are the all turned 90° on the tape and the back/top hinge pin slot markings made

The slots are then cut out with a knife. Its easy to tell when you’ve cut through the Sycamore layer. Its softer than the other two woods and as the grain of the Sapele layer is at 90° to that of the Sycamore you can feel a slight difference in the resistance to the knife blade.

I’ll be cutting the hinge slots for L,R and T first. These are at the bottom of the picture. These will also have their pins installed and the Walnut layer glued on. The B and F pieces will be fitted against these.

I cut five hinge pins from the 1mm brass rod for the slots. Here’s an example.

I had planned on getting further today but the grass needs cutting and there are some suspicious looking bulldozers at the end of the road that I might have to lie in front of.

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 01:59 PM

So well thought out! Seeing the process is the tip of the iceberg. You already did 95% of the work, thinking things through. I love watching this come to be. Thanks! :)


-- 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 03-25-2012 03:21 PM

Think it through before you do anything, especially laying down in front of a bulldozer!
Thanks for the blog.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 04:16 PM

Amazing workmanship… exercise in patience for sure.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 05:55 PM

Interesting so far Martyn. Instead of laying in front of the bulldozer yourself, I suggest you get the foreman of the drivers to do it for you so you can nip down to the pub for a drink.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 06:24 PM

another amazing martyn mind blog !

-- 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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#6 posted 03-25-2012 06:43 PM

Stefang, you beat me to it. :p

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 03-25-2012 06:51 PM

Good idea, Mike.

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

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 08:28 PM

if you get any track marks on your head, this could alter your thinking, who know what would become of that, the possibilities are endless…...good things can become from those things we perceive to be bad…...haha….you think you got weird thinking problems…wait until i get older….senility is maybe not far from now…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 03-25-2012 10:22 PM

I think my brain is on fire watchin you Martyn. Keep on bringin it, cuz I know it’s gonna be good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 03-25-2012 10:27 PM

You make it look too easy.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 01:43 AM

I’m doing my best to follow along but metric cowboy is an oxymoron. LOL Keep up this great blog.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-26-2012 01:52 AM

Definitely worth holding my breathe for! Amazing as always, Martyn!

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

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