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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 11-03-2014 08:18 PM 2912 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...just woods and some glue. To paraphrase a song I was listening to from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, whilst I was making this box.

Construction – EZ Mitre Shell box.

Dimensions – 115 mm square x 60 mm high. 3 to 9 mm thick walls . Layers of woods below, 1.5 mm thick. On a 6 mm plinth/inner.

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

Adhesives – PVA, CA

Finish – Sanded to 240 Grit and finished with Spray Satin Acrylic

As you can see the wall thickness is least (3 mm) at the Purpleheart section and thickest at the outer, Sycamore, section. The last picture shows the layering, edge on. In order not to wasteexpensive woods I used 1.5 mm ply on all non-visible areas.

This one was not at all easy to mitre (with only contact on the Sycamore corners) and this shows in the appearence of some gaps. I hate gaps.

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

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 08:32 PM

Martyn, beyond words, definitely out of the box and maybe beyond a box! ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 08:36 PM

Martyn – that looks like a tricky one.

With regard to the gaps, you bisect each of the edges with a saw blade kerf (using a miter key sled on the tablesaw, perhaps) and make an even kerf the whole way down each edge, cutting away the gaps/chipout, and then insert a spline. I don’t know how that would end up esthetically, but it would get rid of the gaps.


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#3 posted 11-03-2014 08:40 PM


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

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 09:01 PM

Another nice one for sure. I particularly like the way the points all focus on the center where the purple heart joins. I do indeed imagine the mitering was challenging.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 11-03-2014 09:17 PM

I would say “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road” was a gr8 song around this.

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

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#6 posted 11-03-2014 11:46 PM


- BritBoxmaker

I couldn’t have said it better…!

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 11:47 PM

Amazing… you always come up with some excessively innovative pieces…

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 11:56 PM

That my friends is a smoking hot babe in lumberjock speak. Nicely done. Love the color, love the architectural aspects and the texture.

Thanks for sharing with the rest of us mortals

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 12:21 AM

Very cool and interesting looking box!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 12:47 AM

”Tune me into the wild side of life. I’m an innocent young child sharp as a knife. . . ”

One of my all time favorite albums and songs. I love the deeper cuts on that album. I was listening to it a couple of weeks ago and thinking how timeless it is.

What an amazing piece this is! I love the added dimension that you are creating your pieces with. It is so wonderful to see you evolving. Truly a wonderful build. Beautiful.


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

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 12:57 AM

Ooooo! Ahhhh! I like it!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#12 posted 11-04-2014 01:50 AM

Keep em coming

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 11-04-2014 02:06 AM

I always get excited when I get a LB’s email telling me know Martyn has submitted a new project. I can’t wait to get off work to take a look.

Great work again. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#14 posted 11-04-2014 02:14 AM

Very cool Martyin. Love the design and colors. Now if I could just get that “goodbye yellow brick road” tune out of my head.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#15 posted 11-04-2014 03:04 AM

Mann you never seem to run outta designs I love it, your box design inspires us all.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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