'A' String

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 1152 days ago 2393 views 12 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

or ’oh no, now he’s doing it with curves’ (Thanks, Kate)

This is a ‘shell’ box. 125mm square by 60mm high (overall). Top wall thickness 4.5mm, base wall thickness 3mm. Made from American Black Walnut with Pau Amarello stringing. Glue is PVA and finish Wax over Sanding Sealer.

A chance to finally use my bandsaw circle jig

Pic 1 – The box.
Pic 2 – Lid removed, showing inside of lid and shell/pedestal base.
Pic 3 – Groove detail on pedestal base. Grooved to allow air movement on tight fitting shell halves.
Pic 4 – Strings from inside the lid.
Pic 5 – Detail of strings on lid and adjoining box side (external).
Pic 6 – The other shot of the box. It is incredibly difficult to photograph Walnut and do it justice, This is the alternate project post shot.

Just one more thing. This is a solid wood design, not veneered and the stringing goes all the way through.

I hope you enjoy it. I did.

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

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#1 posted 1152 days ago

This is really attractive! The walnut figure is beautiful and the Pau Amarello accents really set it off just right. I like the subtle lines in this one Martyn. It is flowing and very classy looking. Very easy on the eyes.

Beautiful job, as always!


-- 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 1152 days ago

Wow! This is stunning in both design and ingenuity. The stringing meets up at the corners unlike most of the others, nice to see you found a way around that problem.
Nice work, Andy

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#3 posted 1152 days ago

Ow! My brain hurts now….... One of these days I’ll figure out how you did this…... Maybe not….... Ow….

Damn that is nice


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 1152 days ago

Yep, that a wonderfull piece. I like the string that runs over the box!!


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#5 posted 1152 days ago

Lovely. Lovely indeed. There are so many faces of walnut. Your accent here with the pau amarello makes the most of a very special material. One of your best, I think. ...but then, that’s a pretty hard call.

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

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#6 posted 1152 days ago

Another masterpiece….love the stringing…gives the box a lot of impact. I see you have the stringing on both sides of the top? Also, interesting to put a groove to allow the air to move….I haven’t made a shell box yet myself…but good to know about the grooving in case.

Love the grain on the walnut…even in pictures…..great contrasts with the Pau Amarello….and an excellent finish….less gloss is better IMO for more figured boxes.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 1152 days ago


Your work never ceases to amaze me, and this is certainly no exception!

It’s projects like this that drive me to try and continue to hone my skills and strive to become a better woodworker.

Dang, this is a fantastic piece!

-- 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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#8 posted 1152 days ago

Wow Martyn, this is just pure “elegance” and superb craftsmanship!!!!

I think this is my new favorite of your boxes…... just love it !

I am thinking that you did the top using your “ezmitre method?????

I know I’ll be coming back to look at this one several times over…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 1152 days ago

Yes, Gene. Both the top and the base were made using EZ- Mitre.

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

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#10 posted 1152 days ago

Another stunning creation, Martyn!

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

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#11 posted 1152 days ago

Beautiful box!
I am curious why the vertical grooves on the inner box?

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#12 posted 1152 days ago

Paul, you get a vacuum effect when you try to separate both top and bottom. This groove allows air to enter the inside of the box, alleviating the problem. The groove goes all the way down the side, even under the mitred pedestal.

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

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#13 posted 1152 days ago

Martyn, this is mind boggling as well as beautiful. You really thought of everything with the vented grooves on the sides. Well done.

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

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#14 posted 1152 days ago

Very Nice Box, The precise work on the strings is outstanding, tasteful and classy design and wood choices, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#15 posted 1152 days ago

Oh my gosh, that is striking.
I like how the front corner bookmatch occurs too.

So the stringing is the same width of your bandsaw blade? What ever, the stringing and grain pattern just flows.

Clever with the air channel.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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