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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 06-08-2011 02:55 PM 2171 views 4 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little box inspired by a table cloth draped over an old pine table in an Italian Restaurant I was once in.

It is a solid wood design, in English Yew, Sycamore and African Blackwood. Made using the EZmitre method with mitred lipping (Padauk).

Dimensions 96mm square x 58mm high (for inches divide by 25.4), with pedestal base.

Glue, PVA. Finish Wax over Sanding Sealer

Some music to go with it, from Billy Joel

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

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 02:58 PM

Great, but where are the olives and tomatoes?

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 03:02 PM

I really like this one. Something about the busy pattern playing with the natural wood on the bottom…......

I can’t believe this is only 2 inches square!

Impressive as always – I have GOT to try your method and do one of these…....


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 03:05 PM

i’ll have the house wine

and a bologna sandwich please

well done martyn

that’s just what
those tables look like

-- 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 06-08-2011 03:06 PM

Ahem, its just under four inches square (by just over two inches high), Bob. I think you need a new calculator.

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

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 03:10 PM

Miniscule …and marvelous. A Mighty Mouse that punches above it’s weight.

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

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 03:14 PM

Clever, clever, clever.
Very nice take on your skills.

I like this one a lot,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 03:16 PM

Really nice design Martyn!

-- -Thomas -

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#8 posted 06-08-2011 03:20 PM

Martyn, this is beautiful as always! I have to ask,...Have you ever accidently destroyed a piece during the process after obviously spending hours on such a piece? I have done it with a few of my projects and when I look at such an intense piece, I can’t help but wonder.

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

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#9 posted 06-08-2011 03:22 PM

Martyn, Your work continues to be an inspiration.

Thanks a lot

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 03:29 PM

Yes Coz. I polish my boxes with a 6” cloth mop mounted in a power drill, clamped in the bench vise. One day I was polishing away on a box that had taken me some time to make. I accidentally caught the top corner. The mop whipped it out of my hands and threw it under the bench, where I subsequently found it in three pieces with one very crunched corner. The air turned blue. I called on every obscene invective I could think of, in several languages. I am much more careful now but dread the day when I loose concentration again. If only for the sake of Sue and the neighbours.

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

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#11 posted 06-08-2011 04:03 PM

I’ve been fortunate to travel to Italy 3 times. I have never met an Italian restaraunt, ristorante, pastacerria, tavola calda, pizzeria or trattoria I didn’t like. Thanks for the gastronomic road trip down memory lane.

Oh, by the way, real cool box!

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#12 posted 06-08-2011 05:05 PM

What hairy said (particularmemte le pizzerie)

You’ve captured he feel Martyn, nice one.

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

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#13 posted 06-08-2011 05:08 PM


-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#14 posted 06-08-2011 05:09 PM


Super job! Great design and execution.

You are definitely living up to your screen name,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#15 posted 06-08-2011 05:34 PM

Another fantastic box, Martyn! I had a similar idea a couple of years back, but you really took it to the next level.

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

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