The Turn of a Friendly Card

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 10-21-2015 04:37 PM 1556 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by the song of the same name by Alan Parsons

Dimensions – 130mm high x 110mm square overall.

Box, 100mm square x 60mm high (5×1 mm laminations, curved on a 375 to 380 mm radius)

Materials – Ebony, Padauk and QS Sycamore

Adhesives – PVA and Viscous CA

Finish – Spray Satin Acrylic

The four, curved, box sides each have one of the playing card suits on their outside. All six internal faces have a die face on them, numbered 1 to 6.Both the die faces and the card suits are produced by silhoetting the coloured layer (Ebony or Padauk) beneath with a cutout in the inner or outer layer (quarter sawn Sycamore). The cutouts were made by scroll sawing. The top has a stylised roulette wheel pattern ( European, single 0 wheel).

Here are a few more pics. The corner construction

The corners are mitred. Three 2.5 mm pegs are installed through holes in each leg into holes in the mitred joint to locate the side/leg combination.

These are the jigs used to make this box. Firstly the jig for gluing up the side laminations (375 – 380 mm radius, as marked)

The jig for all vertical machining, such as the mitring and slot for the box bottom.

and the jig for drilling the 2.5 mm holes in the mitred ends

This box has taken the best part of 75 hours to make and no there will not be a ‘how to’ blog on construction. Very little photography was taken during the build as I had to have my wits about me at all times whilst making it.

Here’s a link to the music.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 04:42 PM

Oh! How lovely it turned out! It was well worth every minute you spent on it! A triumph to be sure! :)


-- 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 10-21-2015 04:45 PM

Is the scroll work OK, Sheila?

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

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 04:52 PM

Beautiful, Martyn! Love the roulette wheel. Need to make a set of these for bridge game—pretzels, anyone?

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 05:06 PM

Very nice Martyn.
That is a really really nice looking box.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-21-2015 05:32 PM

Always a pleasure to see your latest creation! Very nice.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 10-21-2015 05:53 PM

Superb! Exquisite! Love it!

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#7 posted 10-21-2015 06:31 PM


Wow, Wow, Wow .. thanks for sharing. For sure you are the BoxMaker.

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#8 posted 10-21-2015 06:40 PM

Another fantastic design, Martyn! I never stop being amazed by your work.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 10-21-2015 06:45 PM

Martyn, you are, indeed, one of the Royalty among boxologists. I literally got dizzy looking at this piece.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 10-21-2015 07:19 PM

Sweet Martyn!
For a moment I thought you had ventured into marquetry (which you definitely should), but there is a lot to be said for the 3D look of this one as well. Of course the legs are superb and I can understand the focus involved in getting them just right …... but then that’s what sets you apart from the rest.

Reminds me of an old folly we once engaged in, but yours is so much better! :-)

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

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#11 posted 10-21-2015 08:30 PM

That is such a cool piece, very fine work

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Rowe

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#12 posted 10-21-2015 09:51 PM

Another wonderful piece of workmanship.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#13 posted 10-21-2015 10:20 PM

Wow! This is absolutely beautiful, 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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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 10-21-2015 10:25 PM

Hi Martyn,

That is one beautiful box, I think this is my new favorite of all your boxes!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 10-22-2015 03:06 AM

Oh the games we play.
That is one cool box design !!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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