Impossible III (The Box)

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 09-13-2010 10:13 PM 4652 views 12 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The third in my Impossible series is a box. 152mm x 92mm x 58mm. Made from an unknown wood, probably Luan (LJ’s please help me positively identify) With 6mm thick walls. It has integral wooden hinges with brass pins, pics 3, 4 and 6, inspired by SPalm and integral lipping (pic 2). The Impossible pattern is made from Ebony, Padauk and Pau Amarello set in Maple. The ‘way up’ it is set is to best display the pattern from inside with the lid open. Finish is wax over Sanding Sealer.


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

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 10:16 PM

Gob Smacked

Another masterpiece Martyn.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 10:18 PM


-- after hours of labour, i've broken it more....but at least it's colourful!!!

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 10:20 PM

crazy good
?I especially like the hinges!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 10:30 PM

Beautiful box, Martyn! I love the way you did the hinges. The finish also makes the grain and colors of the different woods really shimmer. Another wonderful job. You really do incredible work!


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

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 10:32 PM

Whoa!! – again.

Great looking box – the hinges are really clever.

-- -- Mike

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 10:36 PM

WooHoo. You did it! Sweet. 1/4 inch thick.
So please tell us, how did the drilling go and how do they work?

Love the top too. It looks great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 10:48 PM

Steve, the drilling was fraught and they work up to 90°. I experimented on a test piece with 100° opening but I didn’t like what it did to the gulleys. I’ll have to put another pic in but the brass pin is totally enclosed at the end, stopping it from emerging at a later date. Due to grain direction and less than optimal timber selection they are not as strong as they could be with, say, Ebony or Maple. I will continue with the experiment though and post improvements as and when. Thanks for the inspiration and collaboration on these hinges.

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

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 10:57 PM

excellent; it must have taken time to design and even more to make

-- Joe Cool

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 11:00 PM

yes you did it proffessor ;-)
the impossiple threeangle and dobbeltsided too
congrat´s with the good looking Lid and the hinge looks great

thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 11:03 PM

Boy Martyn, you are a glutton for “cross-eyed-projects” but they sure do look good! I’m impressed!

I’ve got another idea for another cutting board but it will have to wait till after my next show as I’m too busy getting stuff ready for the showing.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 09-13-2010 11:11 PM

Hi my boxer friend,
Once again you have done a wonderful box, I especially like the hinghes, they are really elegant.
Yes we will like a blog on the hinghes.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 09-13-2010 11:33 PM

Slick Work, Martyn… Well Done on the hinging!! I like that you used them in conjunction with a lipped lid…
Yet another feather in your cap, my Friend!!

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

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#13 posted 09-14-2010 12:24 AM

Gonna have to try those hinges out! Great Box sir

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#14 posted 09-14-2010 12:36 AM

Well thought and performed .

Martyn, too many feathers !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 09-14-2010 12:55 AM

Another AWESOME job!

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

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