Project SC #5: The long and winding road

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 08-14-2010 07:05 PM 2313 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all. The first order of the day was to route the bottom pieces and the lipping slots in the inner sides

OH! Problem.

The lipping slots go right through the corner posts. I should have routed before I put these on. No matter there’s always the spare stock I always make. I cut the old posts off. Finish sanded and sealed the insides of all four sides and the top. As for the corner posts I made and glued new ones on.

I made a bottom out of 3mm birch ply and glued all the parts together. Sanded any rough edges off and this resulted.

Then the opening cut. Set the table saw for the brown line and sawed through all four sides. Lipped the bottom and this is what it now looks like.

Its not been as easy a day as I’d hoped. There is some cleaning up to do and polishing. Thats it for the blog I’ll post it as a project when I’ve finished. With more detailed pics.

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 07:19 PM

Very nice. Thanks for posting. It looks like you could use that for a pillow.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 07:22 PM

Wow, Martyn!!!! I just read through the whole series because I’ve missed it travelling. This is so gorgeous. I really admire your ability for seeing a pattern, especially a 3d pattern such as this, and then being able to make it.

I also admire your skills for working with purpleheart. :) I’ve been messing with it in my dollhouse and keeps making me feel like I don’t know how to use tools.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 07:22 PM

You are a determined man Martyn… Fantastic Job on the Box and Blog!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 07:32 PM

It’s going to be so wonderful.
I can not wait to see this box so PLEASE don’t be to slow!
See you, and thank you for sharing this tour with us.

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

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 07:33 PM

Lis, I wouldn’t worry about it. In common with Iroko and Pau Amarello I think its cross grained and will tear which ever way you work it. I usually finish off dimensioning on the drum sander. I don’t know what I did without it.

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

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 07:53 PM

That’s looking great Martyn. Good job on the lipping planning. It looks like it came out spot on.

I am inspired,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 08:00 PM

Wow people in the future will look at this box and be inspired by your patience, determination, and creativity.
I am eager to see the finished box. and curious as to what type of finish you are going to use

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 08:02 PM

Beaten, but never defeated

Keep it up !!!!

-- Back home. Fernando

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 08:34 PM

What can I say that hasn’t been said about this work of art? Your vision and planning as well as execution and ability to overcome the small bumps is inspirational and amazing. You set the bar so high for yourself, Martyn. Yet you always step up to the task. I think we are running out of words here to describe our admiration and respect for your talent. “Amazing” just doesn’t seem to hack it anymore!

Beautiful work! 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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#10 posted 08-14-2010 09:11 PM

Edward. Finishing is not one of my strong suits. It’ll probably be my old favourite, sanding sealer and wax. It gives a silk finish and doesn’t colour the wood, keeping the contrast between the Maple and Ebony strong.

Sheila. I’d be happy if people just said they liked it or hated it. Superlatives do embarress me slightly. Its part of being British. We have a bizarrely strong sense of modesty.

Thank you all for your support.

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

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#11 posted 08-14-2010 09:35 PM

I’m impressed with your accuracy in first planning the insert at your blade width, and then making the separating cut so perfectly. Even a hairs’ breadth off and it would have shown on that pattern. Even with the purpleheart border, the pattern carries across all surfaces very well. Congratulations, Martyn! It must feel good to have completed it this far. That is quite an accomplishment!


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#12 posted 08-14-2010 09:39 PM

I am simply blown away.
It was hard enough modeling it in SketchUp, but those tiny edge and corner pieces must be a serious challenge.
I bow to the master.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#13 posted 08-14-2010 09:47 PM

But where do you go now?

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 08-14-2010 09:52 PM

Onwards !

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

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#15 posted 08-14-2010 10:06 PM

He shoots – He Scores!!! Fantastic as always, but as Larry was hinting at – how does one go “one better” from this? ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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