No Quarter #2: Learning to walk again

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-23-2011 02:41 PM 3992 reads 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Shell box - Intro and pattern Part 2 of No Quarter series Part 3: Top to Bottom »

That’s just the Foo Fighter’s track playing endlessly in my head ATM. Good enough title though. Anyways up when the triangles are glued up and re-arranged you get this.

When you re-saw them you get this

I glued and taped the re-saws using a technique David (Patron) calls a glue joint. Put glue on one piece of the joint. Slide them together with a little finger pressure until you get a ‘soft’ lock. Simples! Then tape them until they dry.

Then do the same with these four pieces, introducing Yew stringing to get this.

When thickness sanded it looks like this

The moody lighting is due to a rare appearance of a thing called ‘the Sun’. Not often seen in England, especially in summer.
Right this has been sanded using 150 grit and really needs to be taken down to 400 or 600 grit. Hand sanding. I know it involves actual work and is therefore generally frowned on these days but I still do it! I like to sand corner to corner on this sort of pattern so I use a quick and dirty holdfast.

Its at times like these you have to decide whether you have a ‘pretty’ bench (which you wouldn’t dare nail things into) or a ‘workbench’ (which you do ‘work’ on and therefore accept wear and tear with). I have the latter, a workbench. The above causes little trauma to the bench

I can live with that.

Now I use a sanding block from Mirka called, Abranet. I’m not on the payroll it just works, so I’m passing it on. Its a velcro covered foam pad with a firm side( dense foam ) and a not so firm side (less denser) like this

The pads are open net with a velcro backing

come in grits from 60 down to 600. I’d be very surprised if the same or similar is not available worldwide. Advantages are that it doesn’t clog easily and when it finally does you just vacuum out the dust and continue. The pads are quick change. They last for bloody ages, I haven’t worn one out yet in over a year. They also do a pad system with permanent dust removal by vacuum hose. The kit is about £35 ($55).

So when sanded down, sealed and trimmed ready for EZ Mitre (with a quick coat of polish, just for a look see) this is what the board looks like.

I put the board through steps 4 and five of EZ Mitre only and glue and tape up the result, so

That’s all for now as the glue is drying.

Be seeing you

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

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 02:57 PM

sweet martyn

another challenge
for us students

better get out your italian shades
if that sun keeps showing up

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-23-2011 04:11 PM

Ohhh! I am jealous! That is one nifty sanding pad! I am on a constant quest for the ideal hand sanding system. I have some foam core pads that I can get, but they have such a thin layer of sanding material on them, they wear through quite quickly. I was even thinking of building my own by using velcro, but it would be a hassle in many ways. I may give it another go though after this.

Your project itself is really coming along beautifully. I love the grain of the walnut that you chose. It already looks rich and deep even after just the one coat.

Thanks for a nice step-by-step. It is great to see your methods.

Enjoy your sunshine! ;) 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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#3 posted 07-23-2011 06:10 PM

Another great blog Martyn…... this is going to be another fantastic box, can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 07-23-2011 06:36 PM

My compliments on the blog. I follow and learn from all your blogs, though I don’t always add a comment. You have a great facility for explaining the complex, and an even greater capacity for creating jigs and fixtures to accomplish the difficult. I admire both. And the finished products are pretty spectacular as well. I’m waiting to see the tape off this one.

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

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 07:59 PM

Martyn, I enjoy a lot this endless saga of curves.

Hope they´ll still coming.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 07-23-2011 09:03 PM

This is definitely going to be a board…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 07-23-2011 09:06 PM

Yes, Larry. It occurs to me that if you repeated the pattern in both directions you’d get rings backed by squares set at 45°.

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

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#8 posted 07-23-2011 09:18 PM

Like this

Over to you for that one.

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

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#9 posted 07-23-2011 09:49 PM

You’re the man of the day my brother well done martyn looks as always great. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 07-24-2011 02:03 AM

Love this ’ outlaw ’ class , candyman

“done done onto the next one done done on to the next one done done onto the next one done done onto the next one done done on to the next one done done on to the next one ” ....uh oh..

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