42 #4: Magrathea (Inside the legendary planet building planet)

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 03-27-2012 08:05 PM 2114 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here we are again. This time its time to cut the fingers on the two remaining pieces, F and B. B the back piece also has the hinge fingers for the lid. Basically offer up the relevant side, in this case Left (already cut) to Front and mark the cutouts with the knife blade.

Do this for both sides of Front and Back (plus the top of the back piece) and cut out all the hinge fingers.
Use the same method as before for cutting the single walnut piece for both F and B. Then slide the single walnut piece into each of the side pieces (walnut side inwards). Do for both F and B.

Push on the relevant Sycamore/Sapele pieces for the Front

and Back

This will allow me to mark how much is to be removed off the end of the finger (waste) in preparation for sanding this off and rounding the hinge finger ends.

From this pic you may be able to see that I’ve had a bit of a problem with the hinge fingers for the back/top. The grain is following for these and this causes weakness. I may have to brace them with a 0.5mm strip either side in the final assembly, making that particular hinge 4mm as opposed to 3mm which the four corner hinges will be.

Getting tired now.

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 08:25 PM

Good work. Does the wife have you working in the garden?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 08:26 PM

Why is that, Mike?

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

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 10:46 PM

It’s getting there. Very nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 11:13 PM

Very nice, it’s coming together now.

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 05:06 AM

Nice Work Martyn, and a very enjoyable blog!
How’s Slartibartfast coming along with the replacement Earth on Magrathea?
I hope he gets a chance to design some more fjords…

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

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 08:46 AM

I thought oh, oh, Spring time and garden work, I’ll bet that was why he was tired. I’m projecting my own experience I guess. I’m planning woodworking projects and my wife is planning garden projects. Guess which take priority.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 08:47 AM

I just saw this now. It looks great Martyn. What an interesting process! I can’t wait to see the next step.


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

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