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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 756 days ago 1276 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Its been a mixed experience, today. Some things went well and others went….......well not so well.
It looked incredibly complex to mark up all the little bits to be trimmed off

so I went an easier route. The external dimensions of the box (well the first three anyway) are 42mm, cubed.
With 3mm thick walls this means the inside width and length are 36mm. So I made up a former block 36mm square by a bit longer and placed it inside the box

This holds the box square, allowing (with a brand new 240 grit disc fitted) me to sand the sides flush on the disc sander, like so

At this scale 240grit is a bit like 60 – 120 grit on a larger piece of wood. Things happen quickly. Its a matter of gently sweeps at it. A steady hand and no room for doubt. All that bollocks. So within 5 minutes the box looked like this

I picked it apart again and put the first side in the vice for shaping

I do love the super-macro setting on my camera. I wish my eyes had it too. The rounding of the hinge fingers is a manual affair, with 240grit and a small piece of flat wood. I couldn’t trust my hand on the disc sander and I don’t know of any router bits (at normal prices and availability) that could put a 1.5mm rounding on a corner. Best efforts so far have produced this

I’m not convinced. I have to do my shaping in the real, big, world and when I take a close up picture it looks like that. Its a bit like trying to paint the Mona Lisa with a 4” paint brush on the end of a broom stick. When you take a break and go up to your work to take a look its not even human.

Disheartened I’ve taped it all back together, cut the width on the lid right and this is what it looks like

a small wooden shack that even the Quarks from the bad side of the tracks wouldn’t inhabit. Perhaps it will look better, tomorrow. Perhaps not.

Be seeing you.

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



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SPalm

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#1 posted 756 days ago

Master of the small you are.

It looks like the Luck Nymphs were with you today – but you don’t seem to need them.
Keep it up, it is looking fine from here.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 756 days ago

It does seem to be tedious work, Martyn. I used to have some small 1/8” router-type bits for my Dremel. If I remember right, the profile on them was quite small. With the variable speed of the Dremel, I do believe that it would be possible to have a reasonable amount of control for something like this. I wonder if you would even be able to make a small router type table for the Dremel using this bit. Just a thought . . .

While it may be too late to consider this for this project, you may consider it for down the road if you continue to find a need for it. Here is a link I found for the UK:

Dremel Router Bits

I hope it helps.

Looks good though. I am sure it will come out nice in the end.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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stefang

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#3 posted 756 days ago

As a woodworker with more more failures than successes to his credit, I think you are still ahead of the game on this one Martyn. I’m sure you will overcome the small problems with this box with your usual creativeness.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 756 days ago

Thank you, Sheila. Its one of those projects that once you start it you wish you’d done it a different way. I may end up re-doing the whole thing if things don’t get better, tomorrow. I already have at least one alternative design that should work better.

Thanks also, Steve and Mike.

-- 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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#5 posted 756 days ago

That happens a lot when I cook too, Martyn. It usually takes three times to make something until I really like how it comes out. Scroll saw projects too, sometimes. It is all a learning process and there are so many avenues to the same destination that it sometimes takes a couple of tries before feeling really good about a process. Learning is part of the journey and is also part of the excitement when you figure out the ‘best’ way to do things. I have every faith in you! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Druid

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#6 posted 756 days ago

Glad to see that you are thinking “outside of the box” . . . . It would be a bit too cozy inside this one. Thanks for the update.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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SisQMark

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#7 posted 756 days ago

Martyn,
From what I’ve seen of your work, this is no problem. Just remember, you my friend are the master box builder! You’ll get it, & if not, I’m sure there will be a replacement one that will laugh at it’s predecessor. Keep twisting our minds with your genius designs. You wouldn’t want to see my in progress projects, yours is golden by comparison,
have a good day.
Mark~

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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Philip

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#8 posted 756 days ago

Martyn,

It’s looking like it will shape up well. As they say around here: Looks good from my house. I will take macro pictures of my work to make you feel better…

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

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BertFlores58

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#9 posted 756 days ago

Martyn,
Got to catch up with my woodwork after those busy days at work, now I see the new development of hinges creativeness starting from Paul (Shipwright) and then you who is making the thinnest of them all in wood. If I am right then the thickness of the board will be 3.0 mm based on your required 1.5 mm radius rounding bits. Well, as usual you are the expert either by hand and by use of machine.
Good luck for the final product… the smallest reversible box…. somewhat a rubix cube that changes its faces with slight adjustments…
Cheers,

-- Bert

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 755 days ago

Doesn’t look any better, today. I think I’ll leave it until tomorrow.

-- 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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#11 posted 755 days ago

Boy, Martyn! I got the same proposition on my blog! I thought it was just me! LOL

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 755 days ago

What the heck is all that about. I’m contacting Martin

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

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