Antique Boxes #1: Just found on the net, it's good to share!

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Blog entry by Gumnut posted 06-26-2014 11:46 AM 1421 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi I am back again!
I have been lurking in the back ground admiring all the great work for some time now as house renovations took priority, that is nearing an end and I am soon to get back into the workshop.

The club I am in has some amazingly talented people and one of them has sent this link here and another here
I am not sure if these websites have been posted before but it has given me some wonderful inspiration to get going again. I am in awe of these master craftsmen of the past.

Antiquebox .org

Stay safe,


-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 11:58 AM

Thanks for putting these up for others to share. They are both favorites of mine. I find myself looking at the old masters a lot and find many ideas there. While I don’t copy any particular old box, I do use a lot of their details and features. One can never go astray studying the old masters.

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

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 12:00 PM

Amazing craftsmanship with the work displayed on those sites, really phenomenal.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 01:30 PM

I intend to try and make my version of the betjemann mechanism, it gives me a challenge to work towards.

Another good site for antique hardware Here

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 01:43 PM

How about these websites?

Original Marquetry
UK marquetry and veneer supplies – very cheap for bandings and strings, also 1.5 mm veneer, and a wide range of marquetry tools etc. BUT postage is high, so its a good idea to share an order with someone. Here

USA supplier of 1.5 mm veneer and a range of marquetry bits and pieces. Here

Veneer Supplies
USA veneer supplier with a very wide range, and actual pictures of the veneer you are buying. You can cut and paste the images and check out book-matching ideas before you buy. Usually very good value. Also, for those of you who have your own vacuum bag, a very wide range of parts and hardware for vacuum bags and pumps. Here

De Paule Supply
American owned Vietnam based shell supplier. A vast range of mother of pearl, abalone etc complex shell inlays – wow!! Made for the luthier market but so many ideas for inlays to use in boxes and furniture. Amazing range! here.

John Hubbard Antiques
Good value desk ‘skivers’ (sheep skin or cow hide) with a wide range of colours and embossing details. Here

Inlay Product World.Inc
USA based. Amazing range of inlays and not just wood. Check out their range of furniture products. Here

Better Music boxes
These have a big range of music and sizes, and are the cheapest I’ve found. The 72 note movement is Great, but the 50 note is also good. Check out the Synchronized Duet Movement – wow!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 02:00 PM

Amazing examples. So many ideas – so little time.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 09:30 AM

Go to it sun! love Ma and Da

-- Madburg WA

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