Project SC #4: Its like that and thats the way it is

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 08-12-2010 05:10 PM 2898 reads 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So 1st fallback reached yesterday. I have to border the pattern. For the pattern glue-ups I used a traditional glue, PVA. This is good for this purpose but if I had mitred all edges (and the top) the tiny 1mm squares at each corner might not have held on at all. Worse still is the possibility that they would chip off over time. So bordered it is.

Using 7mm strips of Purpleheart I set out the patterns to give me an overall idea of what it would look like.

I then labelled everything so I new what was going to go where

Then gave each side a Purpleheart edge

For this and all other glue-ups I am using Viscose Cyanoacrylate (Superglue). I can hear groaning from the back. I know there are people out there who think superglue is cheating. I’m sure the same was said about PVA when that was introduced. I use appropriate technology for the job I want to do. Do you want to see me hew all the pieces out with a stone adze (rhetorical question).

The excess Purpleheart was trimmed off on the disc sander.

Next I edged the top in Purpleheart using mitred corners. Darn I love that disc sander, so precise. To see how things fit I did a dry fit-up with the parts just taped together. The pinwheel bottom is only there because I haven’t cut the strips to size yet. The bottom strips will be mitred like the top.

For those of a squeamish nature who don’t want to risk their sanity look away now because here’s a peek inside (box upside down). It might help if you squint but then again it might not.

There is still much to do before its finally glued-up. I have to mill the slots to take the lipping (which locates the top on the bottom of the finished box). Make a bottom. Mill slots for it in the purpleheart which will line the bottom of the sides. Drink more tea. Stare at the box with one eyebrow raised and an insane glint in my eye and an evil chuckle (heheheheee) and finally finish sand and seal the inside.

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 05:16 PM

Stop the world! I wanna get off!

Seriously though Martyn, just when I think you’ve out done yourself, you go and produce something that’s then next level up. Well done!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 05:21 PM

Oh yeah-h! Very impressive.


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#3 posted 08-12-2010 05:21 PM

Lookin’ absolutely fantastic Martyn, especially when you look inside….........that’s when the eyes start spinning around!!!!!

Can’t wait to see the completed masterpiece.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 05:23 PM

i’d like to see the adze myself ,

that way we can catch up !

look’s good .

do i have time ,
to talk to the lady in the third row ,

while you finish this ?

-- 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 08-12-2010 05:23 PM

Beautiful, Martyn! Just beautiful! This is one of the most ambitious projects I have seen here, yet you make it look (almost) easy. You hours and days of planning are really paying off. I say it again – I think it is my favorite project of yours to date!

Wonderful job! Sheila

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

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 05:25 PM

Amazing … but unsettling to look at.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 05:47 PM

I love it more and more.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 06:54 PM

Martyn, this is certainly coming together well. I will freely admit that I was having trouble visualizing where this box was going but it is clear now. I can admire not only your talent and ability to produce something like this but also your imagination to be able to plan this as well.

I am looking forward to seeing the completed project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 06:59 PM

Amazing work. Absolutely mesmerizing to look at.

-- Russ

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 07:01 PM

I am usually not a big fan of Purpleheart, but it looks nice and whimsical here.
(Purple wood just seems wrong/unnatural to me. But so does the spelling of unnatural.)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 07:09 PM

Ok, I can now look at the outside of the box. Thank you purple heart!
That inside view is wow! oh… uh.. I better stop.
I can’t look too long.
It is way, WAY cool.

Thanks for posting!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 07:28 PM

Man this is turning out incredible! The “movement” of the box makes my head spin…excellent!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 08-12-2010 07:29 PM

i think i have to change my pants.. it’s out of this world. it’s mesmerizing… it’s the “hypnotoad” of boxes… must… look… away… but…... caaant…. :D

great work, i’m excited for your next post!

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 07:35 PM

Thanks Flemming.

I think you might have just given me a name for the box. Hypnotoad. Yes I like that.

The blog project name came from a comment David Craig made about the post of the pattern. I was going to call it ‘Soul Catcher’. In retrospect a little bit sinister, but I am left handed (check your latin).

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

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 07:59 PM

Looking inside that box is mind numbing!

BTW, is that an intentional Run-DMC reference in the title of the blog???

-- Tony -

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