Reversible Revisited (with dramatic animation)

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Project by shipwright posted 09-06-2013 12:19 AM 3866 views 8 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to revisit my reversible box almost ever since I first posted it. It was, as many of my projects are, a prototype to see if I could do it and as such was a little rough around the edges. These four may not be a lot better but they were built to a schedule.

In my neck of the woods if you hold out any hope to sell the things you make they better be ….. let’s say inexpensive. With that in mind, I set out to see how quickly I could make passable reversible boxes making use of Boulle style to cut multiple sets of marquetry at once. They took 22 hours, complete (5 1/2 hours each).
(There are 32 separate marquetry motifs in he four boxes.)

As for the motifs, I have always thought that the Yin Yang symbol was made for Boulle style, representing as it does opposing but complementary forces. It also perfectly suits a reversible box. The anthemion is a classic and a favorite of mine for the wonderful way it comes to life when sand shaded and the front heart and ribbon was just something I sketched up.

To improve the strength of my signature hinge I replaced the 1/8” hinge pin with a 1/16” pin and cut the rebate for the pin with a 1/16” thin kerf circular saw blade. I also have the grain oriented along the faces of the sides at right angles to the hinge pin. This makes for a sturdier unit.

The photos show the four boxes, close ups of the motifs, the removable pin and the “studio” in front of my chevalet where the following dramatic presentation was filmed. This was a ton of fun and it was unbelievably easy to do. It only took a couple of hours including editing in Movie Maker and it’s my first try. You just gotta love the technology we have to play with these days.

Thanks for looking in.


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

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 12:28 AM

Man those are really nice boxes,Paul. They don’t look inexpensive!!!!!!!!
You sure make professional projects!!!!!!!!!!.............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 12:33 AM

That is one of the cutest videos yet. You goof.

Nice work Paul. Or rather fantastic work. I am humbled.
The yin yang is perfect.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 12:56 AM

Your boxes are awesome! I want one but I do not think I could wrap my mind around even beginning to make one myself. Would you be able to ship to Oregon?

-- "If at first you don't succeed....get a bigger hammer"

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 12:57 AM

Way kool, Paul. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 01:03 AM

Applause applause….oh wait , its not polite , well i guess it is.. in a petite clapping sort of way…lol…great job paul, always love your work

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 03:22 AM

Mighty fancy boxes Paul…the detail work is exceptional and very clean looking.

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 03:28 AM

COOL boxes…

COOL video…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 03:41 AM

Nice work Paul and an entertaining video. You’re very prolific these days. But it’s more fun than work yea?? I’ve saved your blog on your box hinge technique (from way back) and will be sure to incorporate it on a future project. Thanks for all your advice and instructions.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 04:06 AM

That is almost unbelievable production time for these intricate boxes and I think I now your secret now ,just got the stuff a little while ago and will give it a try soon .
That is a cool video that you produced and you should package one with every box ,that would be a winning combination .
Good luck with your new venture and I know you will do well I just hope you can keep up with demand .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 07:15 AM

Super fast production time Paul. The only thing I can make in a day is a boiled egg. More importantly, they are amazing quality with fantastic details, and they are sure to sell well with the marquetry and reversible feature. My hat is off to your great ingenuity and also to your ever present wonderful craftsmanship. I also want to compliment you on the way your anthemion turned out. The shading really makes it sing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 08:09 AM

Beautiful and creative as always.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 08:34 AM

Once I saw the projects in the show case and whos name it was that created it I could hardly wait to look and read about it. Yor work is always amazing. Great job as always. Love the colors and details on these. I can see no reason these would not sell for what ever price is set on them, great post!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-06-2013 09:51 AM

As always, awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 09-06-2013 09:59 AM

Like the song goes, “You’ve got the magic touch…........” Really nice work Paul.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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