(In the) Court of the Crimson King #2: Lets get this party started

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 09-28-2012 10:34 AM 1853 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Initial concept, drawings and how am I going to do this one! Part 2 of (In the) Court of the Crimson King series Part 3: The outer shell »

First the wood

Top is the Sycamore for the 1st shell, drum sanded to 2.5mm thick. Right is the Padauk. As is usual I source my solid timber from turning blanks (I can’t afford large pieces, especially ebony) this does limit the size of box I generally make. What I do is book match, doubling the width available, in this case to 100mm. on the left are the veneers. The black is ready supplied dyed Birch at 0.5mm thick. To match this I cut (again from turning blanks), Purpleheart and Pau Amarello (Yellowheart) and sanded to 0.5mm to match. There is some Birch ply involved and a little Yew but more of them later.

I built my own Drum Sander which is manual feed and so easily allows me to sand down to veneer thickness. When sanding down to 0.5mm in order to protect the fixed bed I use a sheet of hardboard (Masonite). In this case its as well that I did

Right next thing to do is cut and arrange the first layer so

The grain direction is aligned to make it vertical on the box sides, when completed. The top and bottom pieces are tacked onto the main piece using viscous CA (superglue). These joints are cut away, later, in the mitring.

This shows the yellow veneer, of the second layer, in place

and the rest of the cut pieces loosely placed.

and finally glued in position

using PVA. The red inclusions are scrap veneer. I realised that I didn’t have to cover all the area in my main colours, only under the slots (with a little extra just in case) and these red bits fill out some of the gaps. So thats layers one and two done. In the next part I come to grips with layer three!

Be seeing you.

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

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 11:44 AM

Fun to follow along Martyn!
I especially like how you “see” it all through beforehand,
it’s no accident that your work comes out Great!

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

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 08:33 PM

interesting to see how you figured this out
thanks for sharing


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#3 posted 09-30-2012 03:15 AM

I follow it so far, waiting on the angled groove trick. That one has me puzzled. Ingenious work!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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