Snakes and Ladders

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 01-15-2012 03:36 PM 4728 views 13 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I’ve been working on since the beginning of December, though I first had an idea about doing something like this earlier this year. Its been slow to develop.

Its a reversible cube box with all corners (and the lid) hinged. It has a birch ply liner (keyed into the slot in the bottom of each side) which means you don’t even have to empty the contents when you reverse the box.

The hinges are Shipwright style .

My hinge routing jig is blogged here .

Materials – Sapele, Holly, Ebony, Birch ply, MDF and Brass.

Size – Cubic, 115mm on a side, 6mm panel thickness. Panels are 5mm thick MDF with veneered faces and Ebony edging.

Glues – PVA and CA.

Finish – Spray Satin Acrylic.

Here’s a short video showing how it works. I’m a bit camera shy, hence the fumbling, and the music is just what was on the shop radio at the time.

and a little slide show of the build.

Well my ‘inner child’ likes it so into the competition it must go!

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

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 03:39 PM

WHOA Martyn, this one is pretty insane and very clever! I love the idea of the “skin”!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 03:44 PM

It is really wonderful, Martyn! Besides being oh, so clever, the design of “Snakes and Ladders” is artwork in itself! I LOVE the video, too! It really shows off the incredible beauty of this wonderful box! Congratulations on an exquisite piece! All the time you invested was well worth it! :)


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

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 03:54 PM

martyn! Jeepers this is outstanding. i love the reversible insanely clever! You are the boxdude! boxmaster! WOW!

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 04:01 PM

Definitely a one of a kind Martyn. One thing to be brilliant, another to take brilliance to another level :) And I must say, the vocals of Freddie Mercury was quite fitting.

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

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 04:08 PM

Just plain amazing, Fabulous!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 04:21 PM

Marvelous idea, and flawlessly executed. Nicely done.

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

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 04:22 PM

Very nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 04:35 PM

Very impressive, very consistent

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 04:37 PM

Have you ever considered changing your LJ name? I’m thinking “AMAZING” and ””INCREDIBLE” could be added. I know kinda cheesie but your talent is phenomenal! Very nice.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 01-15-2012 04:37 PM

Great box Martyn. I like the positive / negative snakes. The liner too is a clever idea. Overall another tour de force box from the master. Thanks for sharing (and for the hinge note).

Just in case anyone is wondering, Martyn sent me photos of this box half finished the day I posted my Just Fooling Around box. There is no plagiarism here, just two somewhat bent minds coming to the same somewhat illogical destination.

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

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 04:43 PM

Very cool design

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 04:51 PM

Wow, Martyn, That is just outstanding. The design is well over the top.

-- Mel,

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 05:11 PM

Truly amazing! Another masterpiece…....I am curious tho, where does one get 5mm thick MDF?


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 05:20 PM

I’m guessing 5 mm ply is a little easier to get in England. Millimeter anything is probably easier in England. What a cool project, congratulations on this amazing piece.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 05:24 PM

That is really cool Martyn.

Amazing tight coupling too. Any error in any of the hinges would carry forward, and it seems that you have done very well in that regard. Well done Sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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