In the light #1: Everybody needs the light

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 399 days ago 975 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m back in the shop after 44 days absence due to back injury.

Check; clear bench, tea, custard creams, music.

Now lets make boxes!

Well to start some experimentation. The liners for my EZ mitre boxes are Birch ply. The one for the last box, Amazed, was dyed black (spirit based wood dye used in Dance on a Volcano II and Any Colour You Like) and sprayed with satin acrylic spray. I’ve found that the same company that make the clear acrylic spray make this

An ebony finish. I wonder if this would be a better first coat for the liner on my new box? Also will cyanoacrylate (super glue) stick to it better or worse than to straight dyed Birch? Could it be less messy?

After putting a 3mm sheet of Birch ply through the drum sander, to clean it up, I spayed a coat of the Ebonising lacquer on it.

When this was dry I nibbed (removed the dust particles trapped under the lacquer) the board with 400 grit.

This made it somewhat matt. This should improve the glue adhesion. Plus any lightening should be corrected with the final coat of clear lacquer. You’ll get the pattern idea for the new box from the next shot. This is after the Sycamore pieces have been glued to the liner and after clear lacquer is applied over the top of the construction.

The joints of the inner two right angles are straight from the table saw (80 TPI crosscut blade) the outer’s joint is after cleaning up on the belt sander. The mess on the upper edge of the bottom strip is due to my laziness with the CA glue.

So experiment successful. This method works at least as well as the previous one. It may have advantages (like better glue adhesion) but its more expensive. The box better be worth it, I’ve already sprayed the liner.

And, of course the light of which I speak is that of knowledge born out of experimentation and experience, not belief.

Be seeing you

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 399 days ago

Looking forward to seeing the finished box. From the photographs, the color looks nice and deep. It is smart to see you testing this method before jumping in with both feet. So many people do that and then ruin what should have been nice pieces.

Good start . . .


-- 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 399 days ago

I hope your back is totally better. Your tutorials and excellent. You are the standard by which I measure my own efforts. I have a very LONG way to go to meet your virtuosity.

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4358 posts in 1671 days

#3 posted 399 days ago

Thank you, Sheila. It also helps me pace myself for getting back (pun unintentional) to my work.

Thanks also, Grace. We ALL started somewhere. That we did and that we want to improve are the important things. I still have things I want to achieve that I am nowhere near yet. The road may seem long but its full of interesting turns we aren’t aware of. Have fun.

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

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#4 posted 399 days ago

I do know what back problems can be like, I suffered greatly a few years ago but since I had a total knee replacement, I have not had an attack! For me at least, the problem was my knee and possibly me favoring it caused back problems? Aside from that, I’m glad you are feeling better and back in the shop creating. It looks like your next project is going to be awesome.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 399 days ago

Welcome back Martyn.
The testing looks great. My that is really black.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 399 days ago

Welcome back! I’m glad you’re feeling better.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#7 posted 399 days ago

I am so glad you are back in the shop! Glad you’ve recuperated well enough to get back at what you enjoy. Remember to start back slow, be careful. Looks like you are off to a great start on this project.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 399 days ago

Glad your feelin better and “back” in the shop also. Work/Play safe. Back injuries suck.

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 399 days ago

been there…done that with the back injuries…Make you appreciate feeling normal.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#10 posted 399 days ago

I wondered where you had gone! My back has given me trouble about this time of year for the last two years. I think I’ve got it figured out. We’ll see. Welcome back. Interesting treatment of the wood, I like ebony. It’s kind of expensive, though.

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#11 posted 398 days ago

good to see you back, wishing you all the best health

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 398 days ago

Nice to see you return Martyn and looking forward to seeing your latest Work too!!
I hope you notice that I did not use the B-word… :)

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

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#13 posted 379 days ago

Great to hear that you have returned, and I too am looking forward to the unveiling of your next creation.
Glad to hear that you are feeling better . . . must be the custard creams.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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