Any Colour You Like #4: Brain Damage

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 10-28-2012 08:03 PM 2101 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The board from yesterday’s glue up was a success

To trim this to size I cut the inner hexagon out of the paper plan.

I cut through the alignment marks at the edge, flipped it and lined it up over the pattern.

Using the same scalpel blade marking trick to define the outline. I then joined up the marks with scalpel and ruler.

Finally cutting all the way through ( its only two layers of veneer and a core of MDF, after all). This sat nicely on the top of the sides.

I set up the belt sander, 45° for the table, 60° for the fence, to mitre the top

and glued it in

Next I made up the six diamond patterns for the pillar tops mitring in a similar way

and laid one, in place, on the top

It sat a bit high.

After scratching my head for a few minutes I realised that it was the thickness of the veneer on the top too high. I’d forgot to allow for that. No matter. I just needed to sand off the bottom 0.5mm of each. I made a quick holder for these

from a sheet of 1.5mm ply and passed them all through the drum sander. I then blacked one up

and tried it in place

That looked alright so I did the other five

Next I needed to take out the tips to accommodate the central ‘moon’. I made up a jig so

Boring out the centre with a 32 mm Forstner bit. The diamond fitted in thus

and I just sent the bit down again to cut out the correct radius curve from the tip. All six placed on the top

I made up a circle from 6 mm Sycamore, rounding the top on the router and laid it in

Thats all I’m showing for now. Its a shell box so not top cut and I still need to make a base for it.

Be seeing you

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

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 08:32 PM

“I’ll see you, on the Dark Side o the Moon”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 10-28-2012 10:08 PM

Well done! I can see how precise you do the impossible. Cheers

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-28-2012 10:10 PM

he do’od it

and he dude it good

-- 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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Roger Gaborski

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#4 posted 10-28-2012 10:23 PM

This is an amazing box! You definitely have special gifts -patience and attention to detail.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#5 posted 10-28-2012 11:04 PM

May I complain about something I see as a flaw here? The pilar top diamonds, I would have cut them with the grain along their longest diagonal, you made them with the grain along one edge, and you didn’t put them with that same long-grain edge on the same side. Yes, I know I’m picky… Otherwise I keep loving that project!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 10-28-2012 11:10 PM

Yes you are picky, Thomas.

I am happy with what I have done but then I don’t claim to be perfect. No one is.

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

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 11:11 PM

Wow! Small means less materials but work has highest difficulty.
Have fun in doing it.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 10-29-2012 12:27 AM

Fantastic! Your work is very unique and with intricate design features.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#9 posted 10-29-2012 01:53 AM

Your solutions continue to fascinate me: miters on the belt sander, cutting the ends of those wedges with the drillpress; you are one of those guys that can always come up with a plan (and then have it work!). I remain in awe. To my eye, this appears your most difficult build to date.

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

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#10 posted 10-29-2012 02:47 AM

Looking awesome! This has been a fun one to follow.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 10-29-2012 03:23 AM

Interesting methods are always great to learn, and you’ve just shown us a couple more. Looks good.
Thanks again for sharing.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 10-29-2012 03:36 AM

If I was 20 years younger and had a head start of 10 years or so I still could not master all of the techniques you demonstrate but t is still fun to watch and learn from a box master!

Do I need to say I like this?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 10-29-2012 01:20 PM

The finished project is posted here

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 01:44 PM

This came out wonderfully! Just a beautiful job! :)


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

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#15 posted 10-30-2012 06:44 PM

Wonderful box any way you cut it. Great colors also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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