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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 09-29-2014 06:16 PM 3214 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A box but only just. It nearly ended up as firewood several times. Not end grain this time.

Construction – EZ Mitre Shell box.

Dimensions – 105 mm square x 65 mm high. 6 mm thick walls ( 3 mm core + 3 mm pattern). On a 6 mm plinth/inner.

Materials – Ebony, Sycamore, Holly, Wenge and Birch Ply.

Adhesives – PVA, CA

Finish – Sanded to 240 Grit and finished with Spray Satin Acrylic

I was tempted to call this one Lazarus, since it has been raised (or more properly saved) from the dead several times. But then, as an atheist, no.

I’ve had to patch the pattern, sanded down the triangles (making up the squares) for a proper 45 degree angle (and even then there are still gaps, I hate gaps), one of the sides was 2mm too sort (after a trimming accident when truing up the board before EZ Mitre) and had to cut it into five pieces and resanded the angles after problems with the EZ Mitre.

All in all it refuses to die and like a bad trip I’ll probably be remembering it for years.

It also screws with your eyes but this was intentional. Stare at it at your own risk!

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

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 06:19 PM

that is pretty trippin alright. Love it!
Someday… I am going to give this a try…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 06:25 PM

Martyn, I love that pattern; it’s a beautiful thing. What I’m trying to wrap my mind around is how precise you must need to be to make something like that. I mean everything about it must have to be with a level of precision that a lot of us folks are just not accustomed to working at.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 06:47 PM

Your boxes are incredible!

-- God made wood good

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 08:21 PM

I am looking at picture 6. That just boggles the head and eyes. How do you keep everything so together? All of the little squares, each different and yet in the proper order. WOW!!!!!!

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 08:25 PM

“Sunshine come lightly
Thru my widow today
Coulda tripped out easy
But I’ma changing my way”


Martyn, YOU are the SUNSHINE SUPERMAN of boxes…

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 09:02 PM

I concur: the sunshine superman of eye candy.

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 09:06 PM

Awesome design and construction…I get dizzy just looking at it.

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 09:20 PM

Very well thought out and executed. Surely an eye candy.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 09-29-2014 09:54 PM

Wow. I’m all woozie!

How many hours do you have in here?

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#10 posted 09-29-2014 10:24 PM

Amazing craftsmanship and persistence!

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

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#11 posted 09-29-2014 11:44 PM

I hate gaps too Martyn but sometimes they just won’t go away. The cool thing about this box is that if anyone looks long and hard enough to see the gaps the pattern will consume them. ..... very clever….
The B&W at the end is a mind killer …. :-)


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 09-30-2014 12:37 AM

Very nice box, I’m glad you didn’t give up on it. I agree with Paul The end is a mind killer:)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 09-30-2014 12:38 AM

this is an amazing box…. well done

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 09-30-2014 12:41 AM

Another intricate design, well executed!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#15 posted 09-30-2014 01:14 AM

Dang that is precise.
Very well done Martyn. A real mind boggler.

Amazing, simply amazing.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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