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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 01-11-2014 12:13 PM 2328 views 9 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around the end of the year we usually have Humbugs. Sweets, mainly sugar, striped cream and brown, with a minty centre. These inspired this box

Construction – EZ Mitre Shell box.

Dimensions – 118 mm square x 59 mm high. 6 mm thick walls ( 3 mm core + 3 mm pattern). On a 6 mm plinth/inner.

Materials – Luan, Sycamore and Birch Ply.

Adhesives – PVA

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

As you can see from the third image all strips are of the same width. However in image one the strips approaching appear wider than those going across the field of vision. The pattern also appears to be divided into 3D cubes. Viewed from the side, in image two, they all appear to be the same width again and a square pattern (draped over the top edge) appears. Image four shows the side construction.

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

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 12:19 PM

Beautiful, Martyn! I love how the design makes my screen ‘dance’! (Or do I need more coffee??)

Very precise and pretty. Glad to see you had some shop time as well.

Great project!


-- 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 01-11-2014 12:19 PM

this one makes my eyes dance & roll :-) very nifty

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 12:26 PM

Delighted to see yet another striking pattern, executed with your usual meticulous precision. A worthy addition to your collection of visually satisfying projects.

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

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 12:30 PM

‘Bout dang time! Never heard of the ‘Humbug’ sweets… and over on this side of the pond ‘humbug’ means something else….. and this box is definitely NOT one of those kinds of Humbugs. Always love your work!!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 12:34 PM

Nice. Makes me a bit dizzy…..but in a good way. Fabulous design and construction.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 01:30 PM

Sweet. Another wonderful Martyn creation.
You never cease to amaze. That is really tight.

Never heard of Humbug candies. Learn something new everyday.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-11-2014 01:32 PM

I think it moves by itself.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 01-11-2014 01:34 PM

A wonderful box design. I remember the candies from my trips to England.

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

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#9 posted 01-11-2014 03:17 PM

Verry well done. Inspiration is a key element of every project – you had sweet inspiration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-11-2014 03:18 PM

Nice one Martyn. Your precision and fits are perfect as usual and the name is right on as well.
I’m sure the Canadians here will get it before reading the details. We too grew up with humbugs.
Thanks for another brain scrambling piece of eye candy.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#11 posted 01-11-2014 03:37 PM

Another great piece of work, Martyn. I don’t see how you maintain the precision that you do. You’re very talented and have a great sense of design.

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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#12 posted 01-11-2014 03:55 PM

My favourite confection! How many does the box hold?

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

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#13 posted 01-11-2014 04:30 PM

I admire the design and precision that you have put into creating this, and all of your boxes…always a treat to see your work.

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#14 posted 01-11-2014 04:36 PM

I love your work for a couple reasons, first it’s always top quality. Second is its uniquness. Everyone is one of a kind.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 01-11-2014 04:38 PM

It was easy to tell who made this box, but the name confused me until I read your description. Really
makes your eyes and mind work to try to measure this . Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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