Dali's Chessboard

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 692 days ago 2108 views 4 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A dream. Drinking wine with Salvador Dali, discussing perspective and the fourth (linear) dimension. He suggested a game of chess. We cleared the table. All went well until he produced the chessboard….....

A shell, EZ Mitre box 112mm square x 54mm high.

Materials – 4mm MDF core veneered with Sapele and Birch (both plain and dyed red) on a 6mm, Wenge, pedestal base.

Adhesives – PVA and viscous CA.

Finish – spray satin acrylic.

....I didn’t know I was really drunk at the time…..

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

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#1 posted 692 days ago always amaze & delight. Love the bright color, the design flowing down the side and the dream!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 692 days ago

Pretty amazing! I can hear the music now. Picture the scene. Good color and love the design. Another beauty Martyn! :) Sheila

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

#3 posted 692 days ago

Salvador would have loved it!

(Great woodworking, too!)


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#4 posted 692 days ago

“When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.” ~ Italian proverb

“When it comes to making those boxes, you be the King!” ~ Spoontaneous

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

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#5 posted 692 days ago

Hi Martyn,
I always await your next creation. I have yet to be disappointed.

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

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Jim Sellers

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#6 posted 692 days ago

Martyn, you are a true artist and master craftsman with incredible vision and imagination. Amazing piece of work as is all of your previous.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#7 posted 692 days ago

A Dali melting clock draped over one of your boxes would be the next natural progression in my mind. Intarsia or marquetry then EZmiter…..

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#8 posted 692 days ago

This is really nice. I enjoy the boxes that you do when the pattern from the top slips over the edge onto the sides. The curved chess pattern is also really neat.

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

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Roger Gaborski

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#9 posted 692 days ago

Hi Martyn,
In the past I’ve avoided using stains and dyes, but with the availability of high quality dyed veneers the possibilities are endless – as you have demonstrated. Outstanding!
Have you previously discussed your technique for cutting the curved veneers?

-- Roger Gaborski,

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 692 days ago

Two things are a constant, your projects are always unique and very beautiful.

Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 692 days ago

Very inventive with the design. a true pleasure to see a Master artists work.

Could you be from the dark side of the Moon!!!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#12 posted 692 days ago

I’m a big Dali fan Martyn and you’ve done him proud here.
Always a pleasure.

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

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#13 posted 692 days ago

Gumnut. Yes but there’s no dark side in the moon really, as a matter of fact its all dark!

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 692 days ago

Martyn another masterpiece

With your King Crimson box I was thinking

How you and Dali would do a box of the

Album cover with it pooling on the bottom like

a melting ice cube.

Then you come up with this. It is like I could not

have asked for a better box


-- 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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#15 posted 692 days ago

Absolutely brilliant, I like the box, I really like the last picture with the curved shading. The photo would look very nice matted and framed.

-- Mel,

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