The Matrix

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 03-21-2011 07:32 PM 3775 views 12 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 3D string box (there are strings over all visible surfaces) with a drop on lid. It is solid,not veneered, with a pattern throughout the wall thickness.

Approx. 110mm square x 72mm high. Wall thickness 7mm.

Made from Oak with purpleheart and Padauk strings and lipping. With a Birch ply, foam lined base.

Glue PVA throughout.

Finish to 400grit with Organoil wax over Liberon sanding sealer.

As can be seen from the pictures the string lines are from two opposite directions at 45° to the box outline.
These cross, at 45° to the top edges and the box top/bottom cut line without a step.

It was made using the Ezee mitre technique with the addition of mitred cuts for the lipping, which is detailed in picture 4, left hand side. My thanks to Steve (Sras) for the lipping feature which he designed and is detailed in my blog The Matrix

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

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 07:48 PM

Gawwah. That is amazing. Absolutly amazing.
I have to study this one for a while. It is so cool.

You are da Man,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 07:53 PM

That is Wonderful. Congratulations Martyn, on another successful design. Any more gallery shows?


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#3 posted 03-21-2011 08:36 PM

Your mind works in very strange and wonderful ways Martyn. What more can I say?

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

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 08:42 PM

I forgot to mention that in common with all previous Ezee mitre boxes this is made from a single pattern sheet.

If there is any interest I might blog the construction.

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

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 08:44 PM

I really like this one. Oak is not one of my favorite woods, but you certainly make it work well here. Works particularly well with the purpleheart and padauk. Nice.

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

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 08:46 PM

I must say that this is one of my favorites! I just keep wondering how you could ever get better than the last project and then . . . . you do. :) I would love to see the blog on this. It is a very eye-catching piece. Wonderful!


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

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#7 posted 03-21-2011 08:54 PM

Well done – making boxes is hard enough never mind lining up the lines which could easily mis-match with a bad mitre or even at the glue up stage.



-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 09:23 PM

I would be interested in a blog!! You my friend, are the pattern, box and miter KING!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 09:38 PM

Brilliant, Martyn!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 09:46 PM

Martyn, I agree with the others that this is outstanding and I know that matching the lines is not a piece of cake even for a pro! Wonderful workmanship, imagination and patience!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 10:46 PM

I don’t mind that one at all… in fact I Like It Very Much…

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

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 10:55 PM

Naiz Martyn. Indeed you amazingly work out the mitered lip.

It seems to me the mitered lip being easier (from a calculation stand point) than the strip of wood for the kerf allowance. Anyway the mitered lid is the only way to go in this solid wood design. Am I right?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 11:14 PM

Very nice!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 12:34 AM

Talk about string theory. Yes, please blog.

-- Kate,

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 01:25 AM

I’d love to see how you did this. I still don’t get why the strings line up at the lid/bottom cut line.

-- tim hill

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