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We were pleased to welcome John back to our club and we were looking forward to an informative and entertaining evening demo. John did not disappoint, demonstrating the turning of a solitaire board and a lidded box, both of which incorporating techniques to produce the end result with minimum wastage.
Unlike some high end solitaire boards which incorporate wooden balls in a variety of woods, and are therefore very expensive, John uses marbles of appropriate size purchased from House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey. and therefore is able to make a solitaire board which he can sell at a very reasonable price.
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The next step was to measure out, drill, and finish the 33 holes for the marbles.
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Whilst on the face of it the making of a simple lidded box is straight forward, John’s method highlighted some interesting techniques which significantly minimises wood wastage relative to other traditional methods.
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John brought several examples of boxes made using this method including traditional fit as described above, tapered overlapping lid which could be used as a loose fit or tight fit if pushed on more firmly, and swivel lid.
Thanks to John for another informative and enjoyable evening.