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  • #133424
    MartyBacke
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    This is a long form instructional video that I just published, showing how I construct very small decorative boxes. These were made from ebony and rosewood with maple inlay. The interiors have maple and leather fittings.

    If you just want the flavor of the video you can watch the first and last few minutes.

    Thanks for watching.

    #133449

    Marty, Enjoyed the video very much. I have made several larger boxes and most of your techniques translate to them but picked up some additional tricks.

    One question I have: At about the 10min mark you use a clamping device to hold your thin stock. I have never seen that. What is it and where did you get it?

    Thanks again for taking the time. I always find your videos very useful…

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

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    #133450
    davedev
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    Just watched the first few minutes. A lot of machines I don’t have. Perhaps not the best video to post on a Paul Sellers website.

    #133451
    MartyBacke
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    Thanks Brett. The clamp is an Inlay Clamp, made and sold by William Ng. You can purchase it here: http://shop.wnwoodworkingschool.com/Inlay-Vise-Inlay-Vise.htm

    Marty, Enjoyed the video very much. I have made several larger boxes and most of your techniques translate to them but picked up some additional tricks.

    One question I have: At about the 10min mark you use a clamping device to hold your thin stock. I have never seen that. What is it and where did you get it?

    Thanks again for taking the time. I always find your videos very useful…

    #135872
    swesson
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    I’ve just watched it all, not the first few minutes, and thought it was great. It’s exactly the sort of video that should be posted on here very skilful work. True there are some machines but if thats the way Marty wants to work who are we to criticise. If the boxes were bigger then it would probably be easier to use hand methods rather than machines to size the stock. If you watch it all you would note that he uses hand tools for all the final dimensioning anyway, shooting boards/ plane etc. Well done for getting the box liner to fit so nicely (you didn’t even need to give it a bash with a mallet it make it fit!!)

    #135878
    MartyBacke
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    I’ve just watched it all, not the first few minutes, and thought it was great. It’s exactly the sort of video that should be posted on here very skilful work. True there are some machines but if thats the way Marty wants to work who are we to criticise. If the boxes were bigger then it would probably be easier to use hand methods rather than machines to size the stock. If you watch it all you would note that he uses hand tools for all the final dimensioning anyway, shooting boards/ plane etc. Well done for getting the box liner to fit so nicely (you didn’t even need to give it a bash with a mallet it make it fit!!)

    Thanks much for those nice words.

    #136995
    STEVE MASSIE
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    Marty a little late to the party here but I wanted to say I enjoyed your video’s very much. I to like box making but since I retired I am mostly a hand tool Guy, I still have all of my power tools except for my table saw which I did sell. I have the same bandsaw you have and that is the power tool I use most if I use a power tool.

    Getting wood is a problem for me where I live, no good sources except a Woodcraft Store which is over an hour from me and their wood pricing is out of site

    You have a very nice shop by the way and all the goodies to go with it. Thanks for sharing.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #137072
    MartyBacke
    Participant

    Thanks Steve!

    Marty a little late to the party here but I wanted to say I enjoyed your video’s very much. I to like box making but since I retired I am mostly a hand tool Guy, I still have all of my power tools except for my table saw which I did sell. I have the same bandsaw you have and that is the power tool I use most if I use a power tool.
    Getting wood is a problem for me where I live, no good sources except a Woodcraft Store which is over an hour from me and their wood pricing is out of site
    You have a very nice shop by the way and all the goodies to go with it. Thanks for sharing.
    Steve

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by MartyBacke.
    #140027
    Thomas Bittner
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    Marty
    Very professional presentation and I learned a few things.
    I have never worked with ebony or cocobolo I was wondering if you ever tried to plane to thickness rather than power sand. It seems like the ebony is very hard and brittle so maybe it doesn’t plane well but maybe a cabinet scraper would work? It seems like the sanding makes more work with the scratches it put in.

    #140028
    MartyBacke
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    Thanks for the comment. You’re right about the scraper and plane, but these pieces were less than 1/16″ thick. For me it was easier to use sandpaper.

    #141118
    Reno
    Participant

    “Benchcrafted” (Jameel Abraham) has been posting a little tutorial on Instagram on making cross grain banding from Macassar ebony. He uses some techniques that are similar to what Marty demonstrates.

    Regarding the clamp, jewelers use a small platform called a “bench pin” to support items they’re working on. Some bench pins are sold with clamps – that is essentially what was used in this video. A couple of models are sold at http://cooltools.us

    A stiching pony is a similar device used by leather workers.

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