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Jock in the Box, a Marquetry Puzzle Box

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Project by shipwright posted 01-30-2012 09:47 PM 6370 views 7 times favorited 76 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Man, this one took a lot of hours !! All is well though as I got it done in time…. just.

A video is worth a few thousand words here so please watch and I hope I make you smile.

This is obviously a toy to be used with some degree of parental supervision, but should keep any child (and maybe some parents too) amused watching, manipulating the panels, finding matches in different ways.

On the simplest level it’s just a Jack (Jock) in the Box with some parts you can move around. The ribbons will always line up. Then you (sorry, your child) can try to get all the colors to match, or all the grains, or both.

There are only two ways to assemble the panels where all the background grains and colors will match and no picture will be showing twice. I think that means that there are 30 ways to get it wrong, but I’m not a mathematician.

All gluing is done with hide glue (edible if not tasty) and the finish is shellac (same) so when the child tires of playing with it he / she can eat it.

Photo #2 shows the eight marquetry pieces used for the side panels. They are set in four different backgrounds with two identical backgrounds of each type, made from adjacent sequenced veneers.

The last photo shows why the hinge is offset, to allow removal of the back panel.

My wife, Elinor gets credit for the monogrammed Lumberjock outfit and also for pointing out to me as I was painting the puppet head that it seemed to be a self portrait.

I’ll let you be the judge…............. It wasn’t intentional.

There’s a Picasa web album here if you want the whole story.

Thanks for looking in. I hope I made you smile.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 10:02 PM

Unbelievable! When you said it took alot of hours it is obvious. Great work and I do mean great..
It reminds me of a Jack in the Box I had as a kid back in the 50’s…but mine was metal and not as classic as yours.
I definitely see the resemblance in the photos.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 10:12 PM

Wow, incredible work.
However, I’m not sure what scares me more…....the picture of the clown on the box or the crazy grin on the jock in the box’s face.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 10:14 PM

Wow Paul this is an unbelievable project outstanding and amazing work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 10:14 PM

A tour de force Paul! A work of art, a toy, a puzzle and last but not least, a treasure. Your projects are always very special. I hope you will be with LJ a long long time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 10:17 PM

You should see my grin. My cheeks hurt.
You are a one in a million. Or at least two in a million.

Very nice Paul, sure to please the little ones too.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 10:25 PM

Godfrey Daniels!! Wonderful project—looks like the guy on the left has a few open joints. Party on.

On Wisconsin, Steve

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 10:34 PM

Paul, you have really outdone yourself on this one! Your imagination has gone wild!

The resemblence to yourself is uncanny, and I am still laughing at the video :) Nice tune that it plays too by the way.

You got my vote for the winter challenge. Hope you win! Good luck!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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rance

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 10:35 PM

My! What big lips you have. All the better to smile with? Great job on this one Paul. It makes me laugh.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 10:54 PM

You always amaze me and in a good way. Love the box and your sense of humor! Great fun. Keep those boxes coming…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 11:00 PM

Elinor is right – it is a self-portrait! Mind you, I’ve not seen you grin quite like that yet!

-- Jamie

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 11:02 PM

i shake my head in disbelief , i shake my head in amazement, i shake my head in the beauty and craftsmanship, Paul this toy, this is an unbelievable wooden piece of art…im just blown away with this. this is wood work at its finest..you sir are amazing, and im smiling from ear to ear….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 01-30-2012 11:24 PM

Wow! That’s awesome! Excellent job on the detail :-) Without a doubt some of the best I’ve ever seen. Wondering who the lucky person is to receive this?

-- Andy Miller, Boatworkstoday.com; Twitter:@BoatworksToday

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#13 posted 01-30-2012 11:25 PM

That is an amazing piece of art/toy.

Great job in the design and execution.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 01-30-2012 11:54 PM

That’s a beautifull piece!

I love the marquetry. All the panel borders match too.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 01-30-2012 11:59 PM

Outstanding! Very special….so much so that I’d be scared to let a child play with it for fear of damage! lol!

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

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