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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 10-23-2011 02:30 PM 2794 views 17 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by the work of artist Piet Mondrian, during the early 20th century. This is an EZ Mitre, Shell box.
( Please click the links for technique description. ) The pattern is original and not a copy of any of Mondrian’s works.

Size approx’ – 100mm square x 50mm high ( on a 5mm plinth )

Materials – Sycamore, Pau Amarello, Padauk, Purpleheart, Ebony and Birch Aeroply

Glues – Viscous CA and PVA

Finish – Satin spray acrylic

Apart from the Birch ply made entirely from scraps ( see my blog ).

The pattern thickness is 3.5mm on a 1.5mm Birch aeroply liner

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 02:35 PM

It looks great, Martyn. May I ask – is there any reason you didn’t use your usual wax over sanding sealer finish? Or did you just want a change?

Thank you for the wonderful blog on the construction. I always enjoy seeing it come to life!

Sheila :)

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 02:44 PM

Sheila, its the Padauk bleed problem. It’s red colour will bleed over into lighter woods (ie Sycamore) when I apply the sanding sealer I normally use (rubbed on with a cloth). Spray acrylic solves this problem. The satin nature of the finish is about the same. It also doesn’t take on fingerprints as wax tends to. I’m not yet sure what will happen with this finish over time but its rapidly becoming a new ‘favourite’.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 02:47 PM

I often wonder how you sand without contaminating the lighter colors of wood. When my partner made baskets of Padauk and Maple, he had a problem at times with the red color getting on embedded into the maple. Any pointers on how you keep the colors so clean?

Sheila

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

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SPalm

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 02:47 PM

Wonderful.
I think this pattern exploits the ez-miter technique to its fullest. That large Sycamore wrapping is so cool.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 02:52 PM

Sheila. This is basically how I deal with the problem. Vacuum clean between sandings. If any colour contamination persists clean off with a clean cloth and White Spirit (Mineral Spirit). You may need to do this several times, each time with a fresh cloth (white paper towel is ideal). Allow to dry before finishing is applied.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Spoontaneous

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 03:19 PM

Holy Moly!!! I am on the road and just had to sign in when I followed the link in my email. This box is so well done on all fronts. The next time someone pieces together one of those ‘coffee table’ books on wooden boxes… this one needs to be on the cover.

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

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shopsmithpoppi

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 03:23 PM

Awesome work again Martyn! Also I have to say Awesome questions and answers by both you and Shelia as well. I learned some great tips in the comment section as well.

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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Tootles

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 03:31 PM

Beautiful indeed.

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

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#9 posted 10-23-2011 03:33 PM

Martyn,
Great pattern. High impact, yet very tasteful, which is not an easy combination to achieve. A really nice piece.

Sheila: As one who has handled one of Martyn’s boxes, I will attest that his acrylic finish is all he claims. It has that “close to the wood” look and feel that permits the padauk open grain to contrast wonderfully with the smoothness of the more tight grained woods. The resulting effect is very nice indeed. None of the “encased in plastic” feel that some coatings give that detracts from the wood and the precision craftsmanship.

Roger

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

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michelletwo

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 03:39 PM

beau-ti-ous! very contemporary..stained glass looking. neato!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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MShort

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 04:48 PM

Outstanding. Love the pattern that this box made.

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

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Charles Maxwell

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 04:51 PM

Awesome! Now on to Edvard Munch ‘The Scream”

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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SASmith

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#13 posted 10-23-2011 05:07 PM

You are very talented.
Another great piece.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 10-23-2011 05:18 PM

I really love the design Martyn. I just added this box in my favorites.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#15 posted 10-23-2011 06:02 PM

Martyn – This is the best use of scraps I have ever seen!! I believe this may be my favorite one yet – Love the design. Thanks for sharing!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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