Marquetry jewelry box #1: Marquetry Front and side panels

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Blog entry by Longcase posted 09-29-2014 05:49 AM 2415 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As the top panel related to two Greek muses dancing (see blog entry for marquetry jewelry box the beginning) I decided all the other panels would be muses dancing or playing music. I searched through all my marquetry books hoping to find something I could use ,but to no avail, in the end I found a few thing on the net that looked promising. The front panel was a composition of a couple of drawings that was put together.

As i am doing two boxes I need four panels , therefore I used the classic method for cutting.

Next for the sides, again the classic method used. here is a pic of the cut pieces with a dime placed there for scaling reference.

Starting to assemble the picture

Finished panels and cut in the round.

The panels were inserted into a swag background that was made earlier , I decided on an oval rather that the round.

Next to glue the panels to the box sides with hide glue, A counterbalance veneer was used to stop any warp-age.

Then the panels placed in the press , a thin layer of cork is used on both sides to take up any discrepancies in the thickness of veneers and left overnight.

Thx for looking,
All the best

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 06:02 AM

Looking excellent Keith.
I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t have all the planning done in advance.
Your cutting looks very good and your shading is very effective too.
These promise to be a couple of outstanding boxes.

....... but you really have to get a Holdheet pot. I never thought I needed one until I got mine and then I kicked myself for waiting so long. They are just so much more convenient than the kettle and jar thing.

Nice work, thanks for posting it.

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

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 09:47 AM

Wonderful work Keith and a very nice blog too. Very much enjoying this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 02:46 PM

Looks amazing. Looking forward to see the finished project.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 03:44 PM

Nice, I`m impressed with all the small pieces.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#5 posted 10-13-2014 08:59 AM

The work is so intricate and beautiful! I remember my parents having a couple of these stashed away in packing boxes the last time I helped them to spring clean but I really do hope that this art can be kept alive – it’s so difficult to see work such as this in properly kept and much less being actively made these days!

-- Audrey Greenwood:

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