No Quarter

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 07-24-2011 03:37 PM 3312 views 17 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Title inspired by a Led Zeppelin track.

This is an EZ-mitre, shell box with pedestal.

Materials – American Black Walnut, Sycamore, English Yew (stringing), self-adhesive green baise.

Size – 117mm square (approx’) x 65mm (including pedestal, top 105mm square)

Glue – PVA, Cyanoacrylate gel

Finish – Sanded to 600 grit. Wax over sanding sealer.

The last picture shows the board that the top was made from.

To see how it was made go to my blog, No Quarter

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

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 03:48 PM

Very impressive. I like boxes that make you think. A lot of work went into this, both design and execution. I like it.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 03:51 PM

Dear BritboxMaster: love the color contrast & the’s a winner ..

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 03:53 PM

That is extremely cool.
Nice finish too.

Thanks for the blog-how,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 03:56 PM

I love the soft, creamy finish of this piece. It is beautiful in every way. Another masterpiece!

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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#5 posted 07-24-2011 04:17 PM

Fantastic work. Thanks for the blog to explain how it is made – lots of lessons there.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 07-24-2011 04:19 PM

Lots to like in a 4 1/2” package! The pattern is striking, but all your designs are. I very much like the shell box design, eliminating the seam and accompanying visual distraction. The plinth provides the solid foundation and seems to link the other walnut pieces together in a completely coherent whole. Very much enjoyed the blot as well. Your level of precision is something to admire.

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

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#7 posted 07-24-2011 04:34 PM

I was wondering what those grooves were for before reading the script. What a great solution to allow the air to escape. Those gentle curves on the edges of the box top really set it off, as does the yew. Fine, fine work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 07-24-2011 04:52 PM


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

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#9 posted 07-24-2011 05:01 PM

nice lines and very elegant Martyn

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 07-24-2011 05:01 PM

way cool martyn

and another inspirational tutorial

great work
keep it up

-- 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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#11 posted 07-24-2011 05:09 PM

Very nice! I almost feel like I was there every step of the way. ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#12 posted 07-24-2011 05:27 PM

Another amazing box Martyn !!!! Thanks for the blog to go with it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 07-24-2011 05:35 PM

Wild & crazy, awesome boxes you mkae! ;-)) How about seeing what Patsy Cline’s Crazy inspires?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 07-24-2011 05:58 PM

Very Cool! And inspired by a Led Zeppelin, one of my all time favorite bands. Great job, Martyn.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Heidi Neely

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#15 posted 07-24-2011 06:35 PM

Very cool Martyn, you’ve done it again….another beautiful work of art! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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