(In the) Court of the Crimson King

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In 1969 a group called King Crimson recorded an album called Court of the Crimson King. This box is named after the title track. As well as the King himself there are several other characters in the song including; the Purple Piper, the Yellow Jester and the Black Queen. I have been struggling for many years to design a box which features all of these. Inspiration came with Michelletwo’s post Color. Thank you Michelle. The slotted form was perfect. All I had to do was place the relevant colours behind the slots. With a suitable lining the box was a goer. Many hours of fiddling with the design and building later here it is. This is a three layer, shell box , made using the EZ Mitre technique.

Dimensions – 100mm square x 62mm high (on a 6mm pedestal)

Materials – Padauk, Purpleheart, Pau Amarello, Black Dyed Birch, Yew and Birch ply

Adhesives – PVA and Viscous CA

Finish – Satin Spray Acrylic

It was a difficult job, with a few novel twists, which are now blogged starting here.

Thanks to Jamie Speirs, here’s the youtube link to the track concerned

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

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#1 posted 669 days ago

Wow, from the picture of the veneers I can see the trouble you’ve put yourself into to build that one! Lovely result :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#2 posted 669 days ago

The box also looks like the one in the hell raiser movies. Great job

-- Its all about the jigs

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#3 posted 669 days ago

So cool! Thank you in particular for the final picture. When looking at the fifth one, I was sitting here scratching my head! Beautiful construction as always, so clean and precise! The idea is (as always) so innovative. Wonderful project!

Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 669 days ago

Another technical tour de force! What are the “holes” in pic 6? Pores? Looking forward to the blog.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 669 days ago

good morning Martyn. I’m happy I could get your brain in gear & the idea transferred to your amazing boxes. I think we both built winning pieces! :-)
Clever getting the colors into the “slots” it another dimension. Your ability to take a concept, box making, into 4,000 directions is truly amazing. You have a design gene that I lack & I’m jealous! :-)
Thanks for sharing your terrific work

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

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#6 posted 669 days ago

Very nice Martyn.
Excellent work as always.
I also really like the rounded stopped slots. It gives a twist to the squareness of the box itself.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 669 days ago

Nice one , Martyn!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 669 days ago

Much like Pete Townsend of The Who said about the album, this box is “an uncanny masterpiece”. Well done Martyn! Robert Fripp would be proud to know such a masterful work was inspired by his work. It amazes me how you are so percise, especially with such small pieces of wood.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 669 days ago

Great work as usual

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#10 posted 669 days ago

A very precise and colorful box, at first glance you do not notice the precision and craftsmanship that went
into the box, then as you look, you can see all the angles and cuts that make it look so good. Wonderful
idea, artistically made into a work of art. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 669 days ago

Extremely nice and well designed. You have definitely found your niche’ in the technical box building.
I remember the Crimson King song…brings back old memories.

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#12 posted 669 days ago

Your boxes are always amazing. While I don’t remember the song off the top of my head, I am going to go search it out to see what inspired such and awesome box. Being a teenager in the 80’s it brought Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series to mind.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#13 posted 669 days ago

Wow. That’s an awesome box.

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#14 posted 669 days ago

Another super box, Martyn. Very kool. The different contrasting woods are super nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 669 days ago

1969, King Crimson…...
That explains a lot! I was there too at least somebody told me I was.
Your interpretation of the court is spot on Martin.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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