UMS - A Box #1: So the Story Begins

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 03-09-2014 02:18 PM 1710 reads 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a real-time blog, that is I am blogging as I am working on the project. As it is my own design I respectfully request that anyone wishing to copy it waits until I have posted the finished project.

I am not showing the pattern, up front, that I’m using for this box. That mystery will unfold as I build it. Suffice to say that
1. I have a fully dimensioned drawing, on the wall board, in the workshop which I am working from.
2. It will be a shell, EZ Mitre box. Therefore I am going to be making up a board for mitring.

Here’s the wood

These are Cherry, Ebony, Holly, Bloodwood and the 3mm Birch ply I use for the backing board. The two layer approach that I use for this and many of my recent boxes is not strictly speaking veneering. The pattern pieces are 3 mm thick. The closest I can come to decribing it is Intarsia without the rounded edges to all the pattern pieces.

Anyway the first thing to do is make a sort of chess board pattern using the Ebony and Holly.

These pieces are 12 mm wide and 25 mm deep. Glued together they are then chopped into seven 12 mm slices
(yes its not a full chessboard) and every other one rotated

and re-glued

When dry this is slced into four, two row patterns. Glued (using CA glue) and the eigth row sawn off to give

The only other clue as to what’s going on I will give for now is this image

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

8 comments so far

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 02:52 PM

Already looking interesting! I love the ebony and ivory together of course. Striking! :)


-- 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 03-09-2014 02:56 PM

Your, boxes are beautiful and intriguing and your techniques are so interesting. Thanks for this blog, Martyn.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roman Hrytsak

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 03:34 PM

This is better than attending a design class at University, especially when it’s taught by the Master.! Roman

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 03:34 PM

Well, you may have offered clues, but I still feel clueless! I guess I’ll have to wait for chapter 2…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 05:26 PM

Those are very tiny square. The clamp seem humongous compared to the wood.

Trying to guess what you are building is futile. I am guessing this is the center of the pattern; I am sure I am wrong.

Will be waiting for the next installment.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 06:02 AM

Ok, I’m watching in eager anticipation . . .

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 08:16 PM

Sweet Looking Blog Martyn, I’m looking forward to watching the series.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 08:43 PM

Part 2 has escaped, though I’m not sure many will understand it.

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

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