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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 04-24-2011 04:29 PM 7630 views 16 times favorited 63 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box with drop on lid. Made using the Ezee Mitre method. The pattern is solid, not veneered.

Size : 140mm square by 70mm high (6mm wall thickness) on a 152mm square x 6mm plinth base.

Materials : Main box ; Ebony, Purpleheart, Pau Amarello, Sycamore.

Plinth Base ; Ebony, MDF foam lining and baize base.

Glue: PVA.

Finish : Organoil wax over Liberon sanding sealer.

This has not turned out as well as I had planned, several things would have been done differently in retrospect.

Construction additional to the above technique is blogged here.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 04:33 PM

Martyn you are amazing that is so incredible.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 04:36 PM

Striking. ...from every angle. Wonderful work, and the base variation anchors the whole.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 04:41 PM

Another outstanding project, Martyn. Of course, I would love to see a blog on the procedure. What didn’t you like about it? I find that happens to me sometimes too. I make something and think that there has to be a better way. I am going through that now with the latest project I made (the rocking reindeer) I need to figure out a better way to glue the rockers on that others will be able to do also.

So many pieces in this beauty though! You must buy the PVA by the gallon!

In any case, it is beautiful and mind-boggling and a treat for our eyes! Just wonderful!


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

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 04:42 PM

Wow, a new twin to your Inversion 3D? Congratulations. It’s a real beaut! Yes, by all means, I’d be very interested in a blog on how to make this box. When I studied your Pic #5, I was wondering how you cut the diagonals without sacrificing the square to the saw kerf, or is it curf, or kurf? Oh, well, you know what I mean! However you made it, I can see it took a tremendous amount of planning, careful cutting and gluing making sure all the corners line up. What a great job you did, Martyn!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 04:52 PM

Amazing as usual It’s beautiful and wonderful great job Martyn. Happy Ester to you and yours.


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#6 posted 04-24-2011 04:58 PM

NO, I DO NOT WANT A BLOG ON THIS!!! I would feel obligated to read it, study it, and follow it, until I got it in my head just enough to attempt something like this. There would be no excuses if I failed.
It would be best for me, and I think for a few others who feel that they are pretty fair at wood working, if you kept this a secret. Our egos would be preserved :-)

Seriously…This is stunning in its concept and execution. The colors and pattern are eye candy. Wow! You have a real imagination and the tenacity to stay with something until you get it right. I love your work and your photos always do them justice.
Thanks for offering to show us how.

I agree with Sheila, you must go through a lot of glue at your shop.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 04:58 PM


You just can’t leave sleeping toads lie and rest on your laurels, now can you! I am pretty sure I really screwed up two different sayings. ;-)

That, my friend, is fantastic! How do you keep from gluing your fingers, and other body parts, together? I would more pieces glued to my hands than the box!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 05:00 PM

Martyn: you always delight & amaze. this one is no exception . it is so very cool., and as usual, we all are jealous of your craftmanship and your abilities.

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 05:01 PM

Nice one Martyn. That’s the same top / sides matching layout that I’ve been using on my “box on stand” projects, in my case for grain matching. I know how challenging it can be. You’ve done well indeed.
Your mind must be a fascinating place to visit.

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

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 05:03 PM

Incredible… ...I can’t look too long for fear of going cross-eyed! Another fantastic box. Thanks for sharing.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#11 posted 04-24-2011 05:07 PM

Nice job Martyn. You are the master of illusion.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 05:12 PM

Absorootely Fantastic! I know this box is something you must be proud of. Quite an accompishment to say the least..

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 05:13 PM

Simply beautiful…
Thanks for sharing.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#14 posted 04-24-2011 05:20 PM


-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#15 posted 04-24-2011 05:25 PM

You B the cause of me signing in today…. I wasn’t gonna…. but… I’m with Andy on not needing a blog. There is no way in Heck that I could pull that off even if I knew how someone else did. I’d be like… huh? what? There is so much movement in this box. As I look, it starts expanding out on one side and retracting on the other… only to shift sides and move in the opposing direction. You gotta get dizzy making these things… cause I get dizzy looking at the photos. Impressive box!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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