Mondrian (inspired) #4: Neoplastic 'C' - Oh well

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 10-21-2011 09:42 PM 6525 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Neoplastic 'C' progress Part 4 of Mondrian (inspired) series Part 5: I get knocked down, but I get up again »

I had a funny feeling about this.

I first made a mask to put over the board to measure it up for cutting into a net for the box.

This started as a CAD drawn outline printed over two sheets of heavy (160 gm/m) A4 (nearest to ‘Ansi A’ I think). I overlaid this on the board. Taping it down (clear tape).

Initially all looked well. As you can see it was not to be. Whilst 3 out of 4 corners worked from the point of view of patterns meeting on a box corner the one at top right was wrong.. I had made the Sycamore 3mm too long. There would be a miss-match at that corner. What to do?

I refused to panic and followed my planned course and began marking out the outlines with masking tape.

and then

Cut through the clear tape and freed the mask

Then took a closer look at the problem.

All I need to do is remove one piece of Padauk, one piece of Ebony, Cut down the offending 3mm of sycamore, glue on new pieces and re sand/finish.

Well I’ve started

Suffice it to say it went well. I’ll leave it there for tonight.

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 10:06 PM

You are not easily daunted Martyn!! Great perseverance!!
You’re going to get this thing, I just know you are… :)

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 06:43 AM

What did you use for the cut. scrollsaw / fret saw? The material looks thin.

You definitely have a lot of patience.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 09:46 AM

This is going to be a box? Wow, no way, that is incredible!! I’m going to stick to cutting boards and leave boxes to the experts!! Great job thanks for posting it.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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David Craig

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 11:54 AM

Considering the complexity of the piece, I would say this is a minor setback at the worse. Brilliant design Martyn. Mondrian would be proud.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 09:46 PM

Adapt and overcome.

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

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