Atom ( A 3/4 cubic inch box )

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 11-26-2010 10:24 PM 2393 views 5 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes you read it right. This box is 0.75 cubic inches in volume.

The box is 23mm x 23mm x 23mm (29/32” cubed). Now that is a tiny box.
The wall thickness is 2mm (5/64”) as are the pattern stripes.

The stripes are Sycamore, Pau Amarello, English Yew, Padauk and Purpleheart.
The box edging, lipping and base are Ebony.

Glues used are PVA to join the stripes and Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue) to build the box.

Finish is wax over sanding sealer.

Pic 1. The box.
Pic 2. The top.
Pic 3. Bottom and top separated to show interior and lipping and that the pattern is throughout.
Pic 4. Something to give you a visual clue to how small 23mm is.
Pic 5. The wooden box (foreground) with the original paper model (background).

All the wood was from my scrap bin.

The construction is blogged in four parts starting here.

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

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 10:27 PM

Bravo, Martyn! It looks great! You did a splendid job. Thanks for the informative blog, too!

Sheila :)

-- 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 11-26-2010 10:27 PM

Nice Martyn. Now you can sleep peacefully!


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#3 posted 11-26-2010 10:35 PM

great work martyn

now go the other way

build a house lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 10:38 PM

Very cool tiny box! Thanks Martyn – this was a fun story to follow. As always, you have done a great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 10:44 PM

great job proffessor Martyn :-)

take care

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 10:46 PM

That is the smallest frickin box I have ever seen.
Amazing striped construction too.

I bow in your direction,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 10:50 PM

Very nice – - and it is just the right size to store all of my treasure.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 11-26-2010 11:11 PM

You will go blind squinting at this…

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

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#9 posted 11-26-2010 11:19 PM

Now that is using every bit of scrap down to toothpick size. Fantastic work on such a scale.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 12:05 AM

Terrific blog and outcome.

Paper box looks great too, and tidy. That´s difficult!!

Keep it up & take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 11-27-2010 12:13 AM

Nice and cute lil’ boxes :) scrap goes a loong way with projects like this.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#12 posted 11-27-2010 12:42 AM

I think LJ’s next build competition should be who can make the smallest box; this one would definitely be a top contender.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 11-27-2010 12:50 AM

I’ve enjoyed following the blog & the end results. Mind-blowing! Thank you for sharing your work with us.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#14 posted 11-27-2010 01:03 AM

Wow, Martyn did you have to use magnifying lens to do this? This is incredible workmanship!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 11-27-2010 03:16 AM

Great work Martyn. Now you have a place to keep all those darned little quarks so you can find them.

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

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