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Dance on a Volcano II #1: Design and material selection

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 11-24-2012 04:22 PM 1644 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I made the wall hanging, Dance on a Volcano I considered at one point making it into an EZ Mitre box. I liked the pattern so much as it was that it stayed that way. I go past it on the Stairway to Devon, every day and it always makes me think of a box alternative. So I set about designing one, using TurboCAD to 3D model it. I came up with this.

My initial thoughts were to make it in solid wood, much like the original using; Sycamore, Pau Amarello, Yew, Padauk, Purpleheart and Ebony. It was an agonising time deciding whether it was worth using £25 worth of Ebony on it. I was also out of Padauk and couldn’t find any Yew thick enough for my preferred construction method. This involves cutting the curves for one side, of the four sided box, only and then re-sawing the block produced to provide the four curved patterns. Another thing that bothers me slightly is that the Padauk in the original has darkened quite a lot over the past 600 days. It would be good if I could get a more durable result. Bloodwood is not easily or cheaply available here in the UK.

Firstly I considered the Ebony situation. I cut and sanded a 3mm piece of Sycamore (the English variety not the American) and dyed it up black.

Here we see, on the left, Ebony and on the right the Dyed Sycamore. Not a whole lot of difference there. Then it hit me. Dyed veneer and solid wood. After Any Colour You Like this doesn’t present any major problems. The only major consideration is that you need to finish sand and dye patterns before assembly. I still haven’t perfected a close proximity dyeing method where you can colour two adjacent sections of the same piece of wood different colours, without colour bleed problems. So I’ll be cutting, dyeing, re-assembling the pattern. The dye I am using is spirit based and so does not raise the wood grain. The dye penetration does not allow for much in the way of sanding after assembly. This is going to be EZ Mitre, Shell box construction so click on the links for those techniques. There will be some circle cutting for veneer stuff in this blog and thats the main reason for starting it.

Any way I’ve decided on Sycamore veneer so here’s the progress on the cut and dye of that, so far

Circle cutting and pattern assembly will start in the next section of the blog.

So the story begins.

Be seeing you.

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



11 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 04:31 PM

This is an entirely new avenue for many of us to see, Martyn. So many people are restricted by the choices of hard wood that are available to them. I will be watching eagerly to see how you accomplish the adjacent dying. It would open up a whole new world for many of us if you are successful! I wish you all the best in your journey! :D

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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#2 posted 11-24-2012 04:33 PM

Another adventure has begun!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 09:11 PM

Too cool. I like the lid and colors.

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

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 10:01 PM

seems you have decided to separate
then dye
and reunite the different pices
to eliminate bleeding

sounds like it might be the only way to do this
and get a sharp and crisp union
of the different colors

sometimes
the old ways
are the best ways

-- 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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#5 posted 11-24-2012 10:18 PM

True, David

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

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#6 posted 11-24-2012 10:21 PM

it never hurts to try something new

tacos were discovered this way

-- 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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#7 posted 11-24-2012 10:25 PM

I have been, David. I just haven’t found a new way that works reliably yet.

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

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#8 posted 11-24-2012 11:12 PM

Martyn looks to be a nother amazing one

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 11:23 AM

A vibrant encounter. Appreciate your how-to’s

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 12-06-2012 07:56 PM

I apologize in advance as I am sure you have already answered this question, I must have missed the answer some where.
What dyes are you using to get such vivid colors?
Thanks in advance. Love your work, simply beautiful!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#11 posted 12-06-2012 09:02 PM

Dez, for further info’ please looks at this blog for the project build of ‘Any Colour You Like’ which I first talked about these dyes in. Unfortunately I don’t know of any sources for them in the US as I’m based in the UK.

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

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