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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 09-09-2011 05:40 PM 2668 views 23 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a clear-out and up popped this. It dates from the mid-1980’s, when I didn’t have a proper workshop and did all my woodwork on a Black and Decker Workmate (knockdown bench) in the back yard, on the few good days we have in England. I believe I used a Bosch 1/4” Router and the timber was hand sawn and planed.

Yes, its a playing card case, in Ebony and Bird’s Eye Maple.

Size 106mm x 76mm x 26mm.

Glue is PVA (I’ve always used it).

Finish is wax over sanding sealer (and that too).

I’d thought it was lost forever.

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

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 05:49 PM

this just shows that it’s the abilities of the woodworker and not all the fancy tools. Deal me in???

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 05:50 PM

Wow , even way back then you had awesome skills : )

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

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 05:56 PM

A great blast from the past, Martyn!

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

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#4 posted 09-09-2011 05:57 PM

Nice one Martyn.
Maybe it’s blast from the past week. I just posted a project that dates back to the same time frame.
It’s fun to look back and recall the “good old days”
Very fine workmanship and a royal treatment for those lucky cards.

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

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#5 posted 09-09-2011 06:00 PM

Now let’s see…... I used to have a Black & Decker workmate in the 80’s….. but nothing like this ever
came out of it…. Another fantastic little box Martyn and to echo michelletwo, this truly shows that it is
the skill of the woodworker that counts.

Thanks for sharing a bit of the past…

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 09-09-2011 06:04 PM

now we see where you got those awesome WW skills

spying on some guy in the back yard 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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#7 posted 09-09-2011 06:57 PM

Hand tools! Yikes!
That is a very handsome box. I really like it.
My workmate is now the stand for my planer. Looks like you did yours proud.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 09-09-2011 07:24 PM

This is a beautiful example of contrasting woods. Well done sir.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#9 posted 09-09-2011 07:29 PM

Fortunately you didnĀ“t give it as Christmas present back then.

Pretty and elegant indeed

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 09-09-2011 09:22 PM

My workmate bench is in the big workshop in the sky… as to the great box… well… it is a great box…a blast from your past..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 09-09-2011 09:27 PM

I still have mine, Larry. Its behind the planer (not under it like Steve’s) and still gets the occasional outing!

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

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#12 posted 09-09-2011 09:59 PM

nice! very art deco and classy. looks like it goes well with a nice manhattan!

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#13 posted 09-10-2011 03:48 AM

Very elegant – a nice find after all this time.

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

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#14 posted 09-10-2011 04:09 AM

That is a beautiful piece. Love the contrasting woods. Nice going.

-- Rob, You have failed if you have not tried.

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#15 posted 09-10-2011 05:45 AM

Nice box. Not bad for the backyard on a Workmate :-))

-- 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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