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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 1503 days ago 2544 views 4 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first box with legs.
I’m not convinced.
Any pointers here?

Two reasons to try legs out.

1. Extra strength to the mitre joint without using splines (keys, slipfeathers whatever you care to call them).

2. I like the look of them on other peoples boxes ie. Triumph1’s Nine Lives.

The box is Yew, Padauk and Purpleheart. Measures 188×108 x 78mm. Finish is sanding sealer and wax.

This is also the first time I’ve used my newly built drum sander to precisely thickness parts and finish things flat and smooth. It makes the world of difference and I don’t know how I did without it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com





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michelletwo

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#1 posted 1503 days ago

golly I like the legs..I also like the entire box..the “squareness “of the legs. seems to go well with the shape

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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steiner

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#2 posted 1503 days ago

Great box! I love the look of the stair-steps when the lid is off.

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 1503 days ago

That is a great little box there.

What don’t you like about the legs? They remind me a bit of art deco, which I personally tend to like. I think they might look even better on a different box that was done more with that movement in mind.

I have been dreaming about a drum sander lately, so I am both jealous of, and happy for you on the completion of that project. I’ll have to wait a while before either building or buying one though, as I think a couple of other tools are justifiably higher on the list of tools to acquire.

What would you want to do differently on the next go-round?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 1503 days ago

You nice legs, Martyn! :::wolf whistle:::

Since I have only built one box and a half, I think I’ll refrain from passing out pointers. ;)

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 1503 days ago

Johnathan, I think its because it just looks like a box that I decided to put legs on. They are not integral to the design. I’ve tied them in as much as possible by using the woods in the top pattern. Still we live and learn.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Jack Barnhill

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#6 posted 1503 days ago

Another great box from Martyn. I like boxes with legs, bases, pedestals, etc. As Scott did, I find the stair-step effect with the top off to be quite appealing. Perhaps if there was a rabbet around the perimeter of the top tying the shape of the top to the shape of the legs the overall look would be more to your own liking.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1503 days ago

Anther great box Martyn the legs look super

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1503 days ago

Good point, Jack

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#9 posted 1503 days ago

Awesome box. Try adding curves into them!
I do like the stepped idea though

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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Houtje

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#10 posted 1503 days ago

You did it again. A great box.

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OttoH

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#11 posted 1503 days ago

Martyn, I really like the design and I too am quite jealous of your drum sander project. I look forward to seeing your future creations and what you can do with the drum sander.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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degoose

6958 posts in 1938 days


#12 posted 1503 days ago

That is very cool.
You keep coming up with new things from me to drool over Martyn…
Keep posting.
Btw I love my drum sander too..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 1502 days ago

Many of the boxes I make have little legs .I approve of your design immensly.I love this box in particular.well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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kevinw

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#14 posted 1502 days ago

Maybe if the legs were tapered legs you might like them better?

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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poroskywood

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#15 posted 1502 days ago

Nice Martyn.. Maybe if you tapered the legs slightly at the bottoms (as Kevin suggested). Also I would have made the inside accent piece thinner than the outside just so things were not so symmetric…I guess… I have never made a box so what do I know…

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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