99 - Finger da Box

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 05-28-2013 03:36 PM 2183 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A finger (UK) or box (US) jointed box but no such joints were cut during it’s construction. How? See below.

Construction – Finger (Box) jointed box with sliding lid.

Dimensions – 100 mm square x 100 mm high. 6 mm thick walls.

Materials – Anjan and Maple

Adhesives – PVA, CA

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

Well the last image gives you a clue, The side pattern was laminated from 16 alternating coloured pieces (6.25 mm thick), staggered by just over 6 mm between layers (using perspex spacers in the glue-up), about five times the eventual wall thickness of the box plus allowance for saw cuts (40 mm), . This block was then re-sawn into four pieces, each thicknessed to 6 mm. Every other piece was flipped (horizontally) and (after slots for top and bottom were routed) glued together as the box you see.

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

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 03:40 PM


-- Joel

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 03:42 PM

Nice looking box… Very cool design… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 03:43 PM

Very clever Sir!

I actually used this technique a few years ago on a birdhouse I made from scraps – I sized them all the same and did kind of what you show here except I assembled it way differently. I built it kind of like a log cabin – one row at a time. Dab of glue, pin nail, next piece, repeat…..

I like the “running” look of the sides – very nice.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 03:45 PM

loving da box- now u is all gangsta n ting, ya get me ?!

-- after hours of labour, i've broken it more....but at least it's colourful!!!

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 03:49 PM

Intriguing, as always! You make the construction sound so easy.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 04:19 PM

Nice Martyn, the fine detail as always
It is a very nice box for fingers. :)

-- 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 05-28-2013 04:33 PM

Ross, fo shizzle.

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

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 04:42 PM

Looks great!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-28-2013 04:48 PM

It’s a nice one, Martyn.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 05:11 PM

Cool pattern

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-28-2013 06:24 PM

another interesting you have a glass case to put these in, until you sell them or …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 06:27 PM

Well well, you are one clever dude.
I like it Martyn. Nice contrasts too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 05-28-2013 06:40 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 05-28-2013 06:59 PM

Martyn; Your mind works in mysterious ways, which is a good thing because it gets your creative juices working design these wonderful boxes.

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

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#15 posted 05-28-2013 07:03 PM

Beautiful and precise as always! What a nice project! Just wonderful 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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