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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 02-23-2013 04:58 PM 2989 views 9 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a child , in England, in the 60’s we had cupcakes. They only seemed to come in three types though; chocolate, lemon and orange. A memory of these inspired this box. Hexagons here as circles don’t tessellate.

Construction – EZ Mitre (modified), Shell

Dimensions – 130 mm on the side x 45 mm high on a 5 mm pedestal base

Materials – Luan, Yew (English), Pau Amarello, Wenge and Birch ply (Baltic)

Adhesives – PVA, CA

Finish – Sanded to 320 Grit and finished with Spray Satin Acrylic

Still not got the photography right but I’m persevering with the new lights.

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

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 05:10 PM

Lighting looks good from this part of the world. Yet another success.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 05:12 PM

As is normal for you Martyn and amazing box. The name “Cupcake” puzzled me at first because the shape looked like a piece of pie ,but after looking at the design It became clear why you named it Cup Cake.Beautiful and once again a wonderful and technically difficult creation.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 05:12 PM

Looks delicious Martyn! The photo looks pretty darned good too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 05:16 PM


Great box! I admire the way you continue to challenge yourself. Hexagons into a triangle box, must have been maddening. My question is: how did you do the triangle corner with the EZ miter method? Do you have a 120 degree chamfer bit?

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 05:53 PM

Another beauty and a real engineering feat….nicely done Martyn….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 02-23-2013 05:58 PM

Martyn that is a great box
It is one that you need to look at, the corners are great

-- 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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#7 posted 02-23-2013 06:16 PM

That is one handsome box!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 06:21 PM

yummy box! so colorful & inviting.

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 06:25 PM

Cal, the (modified) EZ Mitre consists of the normal 45° mitre along the side/top boundary, separating the pieces (scalpel) and trimming the side joints on the table saw using this

on the 30° side. Final cleaning up, where necessary, on the belt sander. The pieces are then re-taped (masking tape) and glued. Its the same method for the pedestal base. This jig was also used (60° side) for cutting the hexagons.

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

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#10 posted 02-23-2013 06:30 PM


-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 02-23-2013 06:37 PM

Wonderful piece of woodworking art. The design and wood selection are perfect.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 02-23-2013 06:41 PM

This should give a better idea of the overall of the effect and pattern.

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

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#13 posted 02-23-2013 06:52 PM

Yikes. That is so cool.
Martyn, you seem to have this nailed.
That end joint is way cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 07:07 PM

once again very good box . you are an inspiration to all of us..
as for the photography thing what you should look into is a simple home made device called a light box
im sure google will do some good on the descriptive build.
its simply a 5 sided box (even cardboard will work) with an open front and a roof with some sort of diffusing translucent substance (wax paper) and your light above that (a bright light on a dimmer very nice)
inner walls should be white or some other bright color that adds to your subject .
then you set up a tripod and shoot with no flash use your light and dimmer to adjust

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 07:15 PM

Looks really nice Martyn. Love the colors! :)


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

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