Writing Slope !

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 12-07-2011 04:27 PM 5371 views 8 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A blast from the (recent) past. Back in 2000/01, when I was out of work and thought there might be a bit of money to be made in it, I made this writing slope. Under the Rosewood and Bird’s Eye Maple veneer beats a heart of solid MDF (its an excellent veneer substrate, being flat and stable). The only solid wood on it is in the small Ebony ‘handles’ for the pen compartment and hideaway box. Perhaps the Louis cube pattern on the lid does look a bit busy, with the Rosewood grain and all. Nowadays there are two little ink pots in the side wells. The pictures are contemporary, made with a 1Mp camera, thats why they’re grainy.

Size – 350mm x 253mm x 126mm (writing surface sized for A4 or Foolscap)

Materials – MDF, Rosewood and Bird’s Eye Maple veneer, Ebony, Sheepskin Leather (Skiver), Brass furniture.

Glue – PVA

Finish – Wax over Sanding Sealer

Construction time – Months!

I never sold it. Who writes these days anyway? I still get it out to look at occasionally, to remember old times.

More pic’s

Just after I’d made the box separation cut. Always a tricky thing.

On the bench during construction. Same bench (improved, a little, over the years), previous house.

The grid I used to align the Louis Cube pattern

My workshop, back then.

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

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#1 posted 12-07-2011 04:31 PM

beautiful box martyn

ya done good

-- 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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#2 posted 12-07-2011 04:34 PM

Very nice work Martyn great workmanship as usual.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 04:36 PM

New or old, your projects never fail to surprise and delight.

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

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#4 posted 12-07-2011 04:38 PM

beautiful work Martyn, but I personally feel the maple is a tad bit too light for the rosewood. looks great nontheless

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

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 04:46 PM

Very nicely done, Martyn. A beautiful rendition of a classic 19th century design. I love the Louis cubes and the high contrast with the birdseye maple. Almost a bit Scandinavian in feeling. (Birdseye seems a favorite in some 18th century items we have from Sweden.)

I’m not sure where I’d be without MDF! Great stuff for veneers and much less movement than Baltic birch ply.

Love seeing your designs, Martyn. Thanks!


-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 04:48 PM

It’s beautiful.

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#7 posted 12-07-2011 04:56 PM

Excellent workmanship. Just truly fine.

Maybe used as an iPad holder?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 05:13 PM

Another winner Martyn.
Beautiful work !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#9 posted 12-07-2011 05:16 PM


Beautiful box! Unfortunately you’re probably right in that very few people write now days, but I have a feeling if you were to put this box on the market, it would be snatched up in minutes.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#10 posted 12-07-2011 05:19 PM

Yo do have a well chosen forum name don’t you.
Even as a child I’ll bet you were doing cool things like this.
I like it.
Good one Martyn

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

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 05:26 PM

i can’t imagine NOT using this..even if I just designed turnings or doodled on it to get inspiration. It’s too well crafted to not use it to the fullest.

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 05:31 PM

This is a nice piece. Would be perfect for writing out greeting cards. Only improvement I can offer would be to somehow reverse the lock so the forearm you are writing with does not get pinched by those prongs sticking up.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#13 posted 12-07-2011 05:42 PM

This is simply beautiful! I still write on occasion. I have a couple of Waterman calligraphy pens and now the ones that Keith has made me. I don’t write by hand anywhere near as often as I would like to, but this would certainly inspire me. I hope you have it in a place where you can see it and enjoy it. It is just wonderful!

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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#14 posted 12-07-2011 05:43 PM

You really did a nice job on that, Martyn. Your attention to fine detail showed even back then. Beautiful box.


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#15 posted 12-07-2011 06:05 PM

Another master piece, always great to look at your work. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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