Purple Haze...

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 08-07-2014 02:26 PM 1556 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...all in my brain.

Construction – EZ Mitre Shell box.

Dimensions – 102 mm square x 51 mm high. 6 mm thick walls ( 6 mm core + 3 mm pattern). On a 6 mm plinth/inner.

Materials – Purpleheart, Pau Amarello, English Yew and Birch Ply.

Adhesives – PVA, CA

Finish – Sanded to 400 Grit and finished with Spray Satin Acrylic

Inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix and a few beers.

In an effort to bring out the purple in the freshly sanded wood I put this in the window to expose it to the UV rays of our local star. Unfortunately, due to the heat, the wood also dried significantly and the tight joints of the four quadrants of the top are now gaping! (pic 3) May try placing it in the bathroom to help it recover.

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

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 02:43 PM

Very Nice Box, Martyn! I really like the theme of Jimi with the Purpleheart, PurpleHaze. Have you ever thought of doing one for Beetlejuice? lol

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 02:43 PM

That is not only a sweet box Martyn but a name dear to my heart, I’m a very large Hendrix fan.
I hope the bathroom helps with the top but I still like it just the way it is.
You could even say that it ” put a spell on me”.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 03:12 PM

I can relate to a purple haze. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 03:14 PM

Great work as usual

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 08-07-2014 04:41 PM

Your work never ceases to AMAZE! Thank you.

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 04:58 PM

Very beautiful and precise design, Martyn. I find many of my wood pieces expand and contract with the seasons. It is still a wonderful piece. I really like it. :)


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

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 05:32 PM

I like your taste in music. (also your boxes)
I keep thinking one of these days i am going to try one of these “EZ” boxes…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 05:46 PM

That ‘ol brain is a mighty fine tool, ain’t it?

Just a beautiful job all the way around.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 05:56 PM

Nice Martyn, very nice


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 08-07-2014 06:00 PM

very nice..i like the color combo!!

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#11 posted 08-07-2014 10:17 PM

Beautiful design! Thanks for the bathroom and sunlight tricks!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 08-07-2014 11:00 PM

O So Good :: Jimmy would have loved it him self.. I have a big slab of Purple Heart and read all sorts about UV light reactions. Ive tried a number of things but sure enough left alone for a month it returns to Purple after being cut. It has the most unusual compounds of all timbers.
You should keep an eye on it all along the watch tower.
Ya Box is all Tripped out Man !

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#13 posted 08-08-2014 12:45 AM

Jimmy would be trippin….......oh, wait, he’s trippin anyway… LOL Awesome box Martyn.

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

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#14 posted 08-08-2014 01:46 AM

Nice Work Martyn, You made me go in search of Purple Haze Videos by the Master…
Whenever I look up Jimi, i always end up at this fine old version of Like a Rolling Stone , from San Francisco 1968…
No video, but… Man, remember when Music was actually Musical!

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

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#15 posted 08-08-2014 02:21 AM

I always enjoy seeing your latest creations, Martyn. Problem is, they are too few and far in between for me, these days. I’m due to retire soon, and when I have the time, I will be making reproductions of a some of them. In main, the Mondrian box. That is just too cool. People will be seeing them here eventually, with full disclosure of my muse.

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