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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 12-11-2010 08:04 PM 2713 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Harlequin is a pair of boxes in the style of my Parallax boxes.

The two boxes are 50mm high, 160mm on the long side and 80mm on the short sides.
One is Sonokeling Rosewood and the other English Yew. Side wall and top thicknesses are 7mm.
Box bottoms are 3mm Birch ply.

The lids are drop on and their pattern made of Sycamore, Pau Amarello, Padauk and Ebony.

The glue used throughout was PVA and the finish Wax over Sanding Sealer.

Pic 1. The pattern.
Pic 2 and 3. The box sides revealed.
Pic 4. Bowtie arrangement.
Pic 5. On the slide arrangement.
Pc 6. Lids removed to reveal the insides. Both the sides and lid are rabbetted.

Staring at the harlequin pattern can also reveal alternating stripes after a while.


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

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 08:09 PM

Wow, Martyn! Absolutely beautiful and versatile set! Another wonderful creation. It is so clever and precise. Cheers to you!

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 12-11-2010 08:20 PM

Wow Martyn, you are unstoppable! One stunning project after another. Very, very nice.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 08:30 PM

Another wow box .I’m starting to wonder if your from another planet of superior beings, other wise how could you possibly come with you magnificent designs and builds. :)) Wonderful beautiful box.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 08:31 PM

you sure crank out some beauties martyn

how do you find time to :

and get supplies

seems there isn’t time for all that

oh yea
mop the floors 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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#5 posted 12-11-2010 08:42 PM

Another great box. There’s a harmony to this combination that I find compelling. I would be proud to own it …and it would sit to the front!

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

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#6 posted 12-11-2010 08:42 PM

I wnated to coomnet but ‘im two Dizzzzy!!

It’s all been said Martyn. Just add me to the list of admirers.

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

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#7 posted 12-11-2010 08:49 PM

GOOD WORK ! Martyn
I like that Pattern


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#8 posted 12-11-2010 09:32 PM

That is just so cool.
Wonderful design and imagination.
Workmanship is top notch.

You got skills my man,

Edit: Hey, your face is back. I like it professor.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-11-2010 09:35 PM

While this is not my favourite amongst all your fabulous boxes it is up there…a wonderful addition to your repertoire.
I have been wondering how this would look as an end grain cutting block maybe 2 or so inches thick…
Now to find 4 stunning timbers to play with…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 01:21 AM

You’ve done it again. Very nice

-- Kate,

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#11 posted 12-12-2010 02:45 AM

These are awesome boxes and the colors are beautiful : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 12-12-2010 03:17 AM

I thought I was going to see an end grain cutting board based on the thumbnail photo. But no – it’s a box! No wait – it’s TWO boxes! Very cool.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 12-12-2010 04:10 AM

How Romantic Martyn. A place to put those paperbacks?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 04:32 AM

I love your Parallax boxes. These too.

And yes, you can stare into the lid and find different designs. Great.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 12-12-2010 06:18 AM

Martyn, an other great and beutifull box
Your the best….


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