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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 11-27-2012 05:11 PM 2348 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just found this. Its a jpg of the TurboCAD drawing where my ideas for a lot of my square boxes originated. Its really just the computer equivalent of doodling. I started with one pattern and branched out as the mood took me. Using the basic net for a box and curves and straight lines drawn from various points on it. The drawing seems to grow, over time,, in random directions, like a mind map.

The ones with the green corners have made it into boxes with names such as; No Quarter, Dinner on the Lake of Fire, Diamond Dogs, ‘A’ String etc. The orange cornered ones either didn’t make it, haven’t yet or I never updated the drawing. What I used to do when I fancied one of the designs would make a good box was take it off to a separate drawing and colour it up, using a printout as a net for the box model. I’ve gone on since then. I may revisit it from time to time to refresh old ideas or create some new ones.

Whilst I was laid up for a week, with Costo-Chondritis, and not allowed in the shop I made some paper models up of some of them. You might recognise one or two.

None of this is rocket science. You don’t even need a computer to do it. pencil paper and compasses will do. Have a go, you might be pleasently surprised with the result.

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

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 05:37 PM

Martyn, although it is not rocket science, I think this is still probably out of the relm of my skills at this point. Maybe down the road a way, I’ll give it a shot. My hat is off you you sir.

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

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 06:02 PM

Fun to see the inner workings of the BBM mind.
You don’t want to look into mine.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 06:51 PM

You have a deep well of creativity to draw from, Martyn. These look great and you are amazing.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 08:08 PM

Boxologist is an understatement…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 08:09 PM

Martyn, I have a feeling you spent a great deal of time with one of these when you were a kid -

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

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 08:29 PM

Yes, David, I did as a matter of fact. Paid off didn’t it?

I also enjoyed Technical Drawing at school. We did it the traditional way back then. Paper, pencil, compasses, set squares etc, etc. (I still use my old drawing office compass/divider set.) I think that was really useful for when I took up and taught myself CAD, starting in ‘86, I’m still learning on that one. Don’t know if there’s any truth in left handers being able to visualise 3D better but I don’t seem to have any problems with it..

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

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 08:38 PM

In spades… :)

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

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 09:04 PM

I’m also left handed, loved geometry, and easily visualize it in 3D. Being left handed uses the right side of the brain, which is more intuitive and subjective. This seems to help with the creativity part, but in the end, there are great artists from both sides of our ‘thinker.’

-- The Higest Art, the Highest Science, and the Highest Religion is the same thing.

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 09:35 PM

It’s rocket science with my skill level. But I am gaining :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 11-27-2012 10:05 PM

They all look beyond cool Martyn ,your not already leaps and bounds ahead of a lot of us in you box making ,but now you start doing a bakers dozen at one time. :))

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#11 posted 11-27-2012 10:37 PM

Wow – amazing what you can do with scissors and glue-stick…...very cool.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 11-27-2012 11:15 PM

Martyn, the designs are really outstanding but there are some difficulties in making it real in wood. When I make an arc on a wood or make circular pattern cut out from spikes (tapering from center to circumference, there is a tendency to expand and contract on the outer or wider portion because of high humidity and change of climate here. The result is sometime disgusting that the glue part burst and/or splits on the weaker portion of the wood. This is the reason why some of my project were discontinued. Maybe I will blog on this after taking photos.

Another is the source of wood that can make good contrast. Most of what I have are narra parquet with is dominantly available in red orange or yellow orange. Brown and black like ebony and others are hard to find in big pieces. I see your new technique in tinting wood will be an advantage using veneers… I can try this.

Well, thanks for exposing your designs and probably there are more to come… keep it going. I really appreciate your design and the construction methods.


-- Bert

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 05:01 AM

Sounds like you had an uncomfortable week. Hope that you are well over it by now.
So . . . will your next design include all of the above patterns on one box? Too painful to think about that one.
Keep well.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 12:09 PM

Hi, Martyn. I find that the planning stages of most projects is the most time-consuming (and many times the most exciting!) Even though during this time others don’t see physical results, it is by far the most important part of the process. I liken design work to an iceberg, where only a small portion of the process is visible to the average person. The rest is deep within us and consumes most of the time involved in creating.

Thanks for allowing us to share in your process. It is fascinating to see how your boxes come to be. :)


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

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