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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 04-05-2010 08:30 PM 2417 reads 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bit of an experiment. I usually use Ebony and Sycamore for my geometric wood pattern. I’ve decided to substitue Pau Amarello (yellow) for the Sycamore to see what this would do to the contrast. This is what I’ve got so far.

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The Amarello appears to be more open grained than Sycamore and I’ve had problems with it holding on to the Ebony dust during the sanding process. I’ve vacuumed the panel off extensively, between grits and after the final 280 grit sand but its still not fully out. Any suggestions guys?

Oh and if this pattern is viewed small enough or at a distance it will mess with your eyesight. That, at least. is intentional.

Here is the original veneer pattern I did back in ‘01

The new pattern is another cut and stick so I’ll let the pictures tell the story

Slice perpendicular to the pattern

Slice both patterns through the thickness and stick to a base board



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

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 09:13 PM

a newbees totely weird qeistion
cuoldn´t you have used a lack/grainfiller
on the Amarello before you made the first
cut and glue up
just thinking laud :—)) have no idea ells


edit: yes they mess with my eyes

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 09:47 PM

Martyn, You’ve done it again! Brilliant!...and yes it does mess with these ol’ eyes!

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

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#3 posted 04-06-2010 03:01 AM

AAAAiiiiy, my eyes, my eyes! That is cool, thanks for the quick lesson.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 04-06-2010 03:19 AM

i had this problem with maple and rosewood ,
i cleaned it off with lacquer thinner and a clean rag ,
rotating the rag after every swipe .

nice illusion ,
well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-06-2010 03:53 AM

Amazing Martyn, It does mess with the optical units.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 04-06-2010 06:44 PM

Oh my!

I would get asked, Why build something that you can’t look at?
It’s very busy.

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 08:04 AM

i’ll be trying this one next week. can you send me the dimensions / thickness of the pieces? or can i just make each cut a little smaller/bigger?



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#8 posted 09-26-2010 11:59 AM

Rick – The thicknesses are from 3mm to 9mm going up in 1mm steps ie 3,4,5,6,7,8,9mm.

1mm is approx. 1/25” so if you’re working in Imperial I suggest 1/8” to 1/2” in 1/16” steps ie 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”, 1/2”. This will make the overall size of the pattern
larger but 1/32” is a little too subtle of a step change. But by all means experiment to
see what works for you.

Stay safe. Good luck with it. I look forward to seeing your results.

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

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 07:31 PM


tomorrow i’ll start on this project. i’m very curious how this will turn out. thanks for the info



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