Hexagon Box in Two-color concept

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 11-03-2012 01:20 PM 2321 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually, I have already made the part 2 of the Two tone hexabox but when I was about to post it, I was out from the server. The internet just close and I could not recover what I have done. I will PM Martin for that if he could recover back and post it as blog… If not sorry. I don’t want to retype again. It was really good blog because it contains a lot of information the same as the part 1.

Well, here is the final product. A weave of Narra and white Lauan. The lid sits on the beveled top. It is an all around box. The bottom is also the same at the top. The design is matching in all side and top ande lower bottom. If you stare on it, you will notice that it is simply the cubic illussion of a tumbling block. The magic is arranging the stripes accordingly to its desired straightness counting 3 stripes interlacing with each other.

There are a lot of things I learned on this project. The use of a portable sander, router, hand cutting by saw, remembering the miterbox. The inavailability of 60 degree chamferring router bit was replaced by cutting it by 45 deg bit then caulk the spaces created on it… (regret that I lost the part 2 of my blog which this was explained thoroughly with pictures. This is shown in Photo 5.

The method of mitering at hexagon box is quite different from a square box… need to stop at the corner point. Incorporating the bevel on the top and bottom requires precise cutting and priorities on what is first to cut. One big step wrong will ruin the whole job. I was only lucky in doing this.

So I hope you enjoy this and also the blog.


-- Bert

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 01:21 PM

Quite amazing, Bert! Just beautiful! :)


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

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 02:06 PM


-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 02:47 PM

Bert, you said to stare at the box and, “If you stare on it, you will notice that it is simply the cubic illussion of a tumbling block”. I did and went cross eyed LOL. Just amazing, I am shocked you haven’t gone crossed eyed. Excellent work, I am a newbee, both to woodworking and especially to boxes, I had no idea what they could turn out to be. I have enjoyed your other posts and just had to express my feelings about your work. “Awesome”, is a great word, quoted from Dusty 56 above. Keep bring us new and exciting new boxes.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 03:26 PM

You’re making me dizzy Bert, it must be working.

Your imagination knows no bounds, another sweet creation !

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 03:49 PM

Paul, I was about to close up everything by gluing the lid then just drill a hole for a coin banker. If anyone can figure how many pcs are there in total without getting dizzy, then he will have the box together with the coins. But you need to drop a coin first in order for you to join the counting….. and you got a minute to win it. No one will dare.. lol.

Have a nice weekend!

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 04:04 PM

Welcome to LJ! Making the rhombus is easy but gluing them to become a board gives me a hard time to figure out specially the sides meeting in all corners but it was fun to do.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 11-03-2012 04:52 PM

Very lively, Bert. Well done on overcoming the lack of 60 degree bit.

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

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#8 posted 11-03-2012 09:18 PM

Outstanding Work Bert!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 11-03-2012 10:38 PM

Bert, each rhombus looks like 5 pieces but I can count the rhombusssssssessssss!!!!!!!...........Jim

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

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#10 posted 11-03-2012 11:50 PM

Interesting pattern. Enjoyed it I’ll look for the blog.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 11-04-2012 12:58 AM

Thanks again.
I counted
Rhombuses = {24 pcs x 2 (lid + bottom)} + {4×6 (sides)} = 72 pcs
Equilateral triangles = (6×2) lid n bottom + (2×6) sides = 24 pcs (12 rhombuses)
Isoceles triangles the one on the corners = 2×6 sides = 12 pcs (6 rhombuses)
Total rhombuses = 90 pcs
Total cut pcs = 108×5 = 540 cut pcs

Now back to my next project.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 11-04-2012 01:27 AM

Very nice! Don’t you love that narra? I bought some of that awhile back, and the grain looked just like my wife’s hair, waves and all (before it went gray).

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 11-04-2012 02:25 AM


This looks WAY TOO complicated for my minimal skills! What an achievement! We hope Martin can recover the blog. (Hint for the future: write the blog first on a word processing program on your computer where you don’t have to worry about an internet connection. It really hurts to work that hard and lose it.)


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 11-04-2012 05:48 AM

Great patternmaking!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 11-04-2012 12:35 PM

Well deserved top position in the top 3, Bert. Well done.

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

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