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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 05-12-2013 01:22 PM 1855 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You see a lot of boxes with trays. The trays seem substantial enough. So I’ve left out the box and left just the trays. With a lid and base of course.

Construction – Double skinned (5 mm Maple, 2.5 mm outer) mitred trays, interlocking, self centring. Mitred top and base

Dimensions – 134 mm square x 171 mm high overall. Trays 127 mm square x 27 mm high

Materials – Maple, Wenge, Rosewood, Walnut, Yew, Pau Amarello, Birch ply

Adhesives – PVA, CA

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

The trays can be re-arranged to suit the owner’s whim with an obvious degree of colour coding with respect to the contents.

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

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#1 posted 05-12-2013 01:28 PM

Great idea Martyn, I like it a lot. Nice done too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roger Gaborski

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 01:31 PM

Again, as always, a great idea well executed.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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Tom Godfrey

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 01:33 PM

Great idea and I may make some for my shop.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 01:47 PM

Great idea! The color choices are perfect. What I really like is the lid design – not sure why, but it just seems to be the perfect shape for this piece.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 02:30 PM

Nicely done.

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

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 02:39 PM

Very cool… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 05-12-2013 02:55 PM

Very cool Martyn. :)


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

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#8 posted 05-12-2013 02:56 PM

Splendid looking affair my friend.
And as always, top shelf craftsmanship.
Nicely done Martyn.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#9 posted 05-12-2013 03:11 PM

That is Sweet! I love it.
Man, you have a creative mind.
Nice choices of lumber too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 05-12-2013 03:12 PM

Very simple as it looks. I like the arrangement of colors. Just puzzled how the rooflike lid was done and clamped?

-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-12-2013 03:40 PM

very cool!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#12 posted 05-12-2013 04:05 PM

Bert, the lid was cut from one long board. TurboCAD giving me the angles to be machined. It was glued using PVA , with masking tape for ‘clamping’. The handle is double the height seen with the bottom half glued into the square hole in the top of the lid (masking tape to hold, again).

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

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#13 posted 05-12-2013 05:20 PM

Great design,well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 05-12-2013 07:30 PM

Your projects are always so creative, clean, and functional. This one is no exception. I normally not that interested in boxes, but yours are wonderful works of art. Thanks for posting!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 05-12-2013 08:29 PM

A “boxless” box . . . quite novel. Looks great Martyn.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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