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Octagons Don't Tessellate !

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 04-08-2013 at 08:00 AM 2509 views 16 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unless you add in some squares.

A box, or two. I designed for a slightly different orientation of the pattern but finally chose this one. So I had enough pieces left over for a small box as well.

Construction – EZ Mitre, Shell. Pattern pieces are 3mm thick on a 3 mm birch ply substrate.

Dimensions – The larger box 117.5 mm square x 58.5 mm high on a 6 mm pedestal base The smaller one 70.5 mm square x 35 mm high on a 6 mm pedestal base

Materials – Purpleheart, Sycamore (English), Ebony, Wenge and Birch ply

Adhesives – PVA, CA

Finish – Sanded to 400 Grit and finished with Spray Satin Acrylic

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com





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#1 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:07 AM

I like it

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:24 AM

Another Master Piece… I really like this one! Great job and colors…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:26 AM

Nice one! (again ;)

The nested boxes looks like a fun idea…

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:35 AM

sweet!

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:37 AM

A visual experience again! Thanks.

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:38 AM

Martyn, your designs and craftsmanship never cease to amaze me.

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

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:48 AM

Nicely done Martyn. ...though I still do have a thing for “Dinner on the Lake of Fire”. :-)
Roger

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

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:51 AM

Some pics of construction

Pattern pieces (3 mm thick)

and a trial piece, tiles on a 3 mm birch ply base

Cutting Octagons

The Ebony squares were 9.75 mm on a side and required a sanding jig, for the belt sander, to get them to finished size as I’d initially cut them oversize. I may post the jig, later.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 at 08:56 AM

Ok, I’ll be the one to look stuuupid…. (I’m betting at least SOMEONE will thank me for this :-)

According to Google… ” the definition of ‘tessellate’ meaning to form a checkered or mosaic pattern, ”

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 at 09:03 AM

Joe, Google is imprecise in this case.

Tessellation is the process of creating a two-dimensional plane using the repetition of a geometric shape with no overlaps and no gaps. If you use octagons alone there would be gaps, square shaped ones.

Of the geometric shapes triangles, squares and hexagons tessellate on their own. No other odd or even sided geometric shape does, on its own. Many irregular shapes do however.

Its Google that looks stupid, not you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#11 posted 04-08-2013 at 09:11 AM

Well, whatever it means, I really LIKE your box. Great job Martyn

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#12 posted 04-08-2013 at 09:12 AM

Thanks, Joe.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#13 posted 04-08-2013 at 09:12 AM

Martyn

Your designs and craftsmanship never cease to amaze me! I’m guessing that you must have spent a few hours just making octogons, then to make all the patterns come together on every corner is mind blowing.

Great job and thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#14 posted 04-08-2013 at 09:15 AM

A fantastic box!
Thanks for posting

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#15 posted 04-08-2013 at 09:17 AM

Nice boxes with another wonderful pattern Martyn. Your jig looked very clever too. And I thought that tessellating was what created the small box! I learn something new every day on LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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