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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 06-30-2012 06:09 PM 2779 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an experimental, double skinned, box, with Clam Shell wooden hinge, its 6mm thick walls are made of two 3mm layers. On the inside Maple and the outside Zebrano. Experimental, because it is made of 25 parts. This is asking for trouble in terms of glue-up and alignment. Also experimental for me was the edge jointing method.

Dimensions – 117mm square x 73mm high

Materials – Zebrano, Maple, Ebony, 2mm Brass rod

Adhesives – PVA

Finish – Acrylic

The double skinned aspect of this worked well (pic’ 4). I’ll try it in combination with EZ Mitre. Making a box from so many parts (pic’ 5) is, however, not advisable. Alignment is difficult, the grain pattern of the Zebrano only truly matching on the hinge at the back. The profiling of the sides and edge joining strips was fun, I’ll probably do that again, although there are unsightly gaps on the interior corners (more time and care needed)

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

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 06:11 PM

XS-1 is the original designation of the Bell X-1 used in the breaking of the sound barrier.

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

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 06:13 PM

now this is very different..neat Zebrawood & it looks elegant vertically..the corners are nifty too. I like those hinges! A very cool box. thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 06:29 PM

You never cease to amaze and entertain, Candy Man…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 06:57 PM

i was really smitten with this one martyn, its a wonderful beauty, from design to wood choice, and the integrated hinge it all adds up to a martyn perfection…ive got to start getting back to some boxes and your inspiration sure is helpful…

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 07:45 PM

I really think it looks good. It is sometimes so difficult to find a good way to utilize strongly figured wood like the Zebrawood. I find that with the kind of scroll saw work that I do, something that is highly figured looks too busy and distracts from the design, or vice versa. This is a great application. The solid corners and maple edges break up the grain of the Zebrawood beautifully, so it is not overwhelming or overpowering. I really do like it. Not to mention the great glue up of all the pieces!

Cool! :)


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

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 07:51 PM

breaking the ‘sight barrier’

you are up in the stratosphere again martyn

nicely done
always a challenge from you

thanks for that

-- 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 06-30-2012 08:07 PM

Another amazing box and design. I don’t think I will trying one. I believe trying to glue it up wood drive me crazy.

Great job.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 10:02 PM

You keep pushing the envelope. This is one of those envelopes. Consider it pushed.

Very cool Martyn. I could really see how this could be a bugger to build. Lots and lots to go wrong.

Well done Sir,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 06-30-2012 11:25 PM

N I C E !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 12:13 AM

Nice one Martyn.
Life’s too short to beat yourself up about a couple of gaps on an experimental project.
I know how they can bug the maker but most people look right through them.
This is a sweet idea, nicely done and you got to learn something.

All in all a good day. We here all like it a lot.

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

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 01:39 AM

Wow Martyn, wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 07-01-2012 02:15 AM

Just keep pushin’ the envelope, wonderous things will result, and others will follow!

-- Smitty

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#13 posted 07-01-2012 02:37 AM


That’s a spectacular design! We had to get out the ruler to see just how tiny it is (since we think in inches). We can understand what a nightmare it must have been to assemble, but you pulled it off royally!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 07-01-2012 04:12 AM


Nice job as always. I hope you taped all the joints, flipped it over, applied the glue, and then “folded” it together.

I tried making a clam shell hinge like you use. It worked, but I am not happy with the box design itself. Makes me appreciate the work you do all the more having tried to use one of your techniques. As always thanks for the inspiration.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 07-01-2012 12:10 PM

Very Clever

well worth the design time

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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