Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #17: Getting ready to polish the inside of the box

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 01-22-2015 11:30 PM 2185 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Finished with the marquetry panels Part 17 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 18: Finishing the inside of the box and glueing »

All right!

Last time I was done with the marquetry and I had done the mastic on them.

I glued them down with Hide Glue and cleaned with called water the paper that hold the pieces from the front with Hot Hide Glue.

When all the paper is gone with just cold water, I use one of those green scrubs to clean of the rest of the glue.

As there is never a project without at least one f**k up, one of my marquetry panel did slide during veneering. Fortunately, the use of Hide Glue gives me reversibility. I applied a piece of curtain fabric with contact cement on both side and with moisture and heat unglued the panel.

I re-glued it and afterwards you just peel of the fabric and clean the contact cement residue with acetone and back to normal. Nobody needs to now!!!
Next step finish all the little details in all the inside parts. Rabbets on the bottom

Hinges on the bottom for the mechanism for the release of the tray, I will detail this later. When it is done of course.

Hinges for the lid

Blood-wood and that bloody kiln dried beech are so hard on the chisel, it seems I spend half my time sharpening…. Especially when installing the lock

Ready to install the polishing area. I need to finish the french polish of the inside before next class of American School of French Marquetry…

I will also work on the polish of the apron on a pair of federal table Patrick is making

Overall not a very exciting post, I know, but thought I will share the progress anyway.

Next episode, French Polish of the inside of the box and gluing of the box.

Thank you for following!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 11:44 PM

Looks just great Patrice.
Sorry to hear about the slippage. I was terrified of getting slip when I did the ends of my jewellery box …..... but then I didn’t know about the clever contact cement trick.
I’m assuming that you use solvent based contact cement (not water based).
Do you need the acetone to get the fabric off or just to clear the residue?
Natural fibre sheer curtain fabric?

Maybe not very exciting for you but that bit of wisdom is pretty exciting for me. Thanks. :-)

-- 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 01-22-2015 11:48 PM

Not exciting you say? Very exciting I say!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 11:49 PM

Hi Paul,

Yes I was afraid of that to. I have another panel that is slightly High but nothing horrible. That happens.

The fabric is the chip veil synthetic tight enough fiber for the light curtain , I do not know how it is called in english, in french it is voilage.

It peels of fairly easily I usually have to use the solvent only to remove the residues. I should work with natural fibers to, I just stick to what I have learned, I did not want to experiment at that point.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 12:14 AM

Great to see the progress on these spectacular pieces. And the procedure with the fabric. And the Federal tables are going to be pretty special too, I bet. LOL

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

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 01:30 AM

On the difficulties always encountered in the work .. but, we also know that the inevitable difficulties and challenge. Troubleshooting measures is a true master, and you Patrice it certainly is.
I try to imagine a whole .. flowers are almost lyrical ..


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#6 posted 01-23-2015 02:33 AM

Very nice work, and clever repair! I wanted to get into marquetry many years ago, but I think I’m too old now to start learning all the tricks for wood carving, and then adding marquetry to that.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 05:26 AM

You are way too modest in assuming that your post is not exciting! Allowing us to view your work in progress is quite interesting and awe inspiring to witness how a masterpiece is created. I am in admiration of your master craftsmanship along with your effort to document your progress and your generosity to share this with us.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 01-23-2015 05:55 AM


From my days of sewing and fashion design, as I recall the name of the fabric in English is voile. A true artist/craftsman is one who knows how to fix the mistakes so that no one knows. Your work is absolutely amazing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 05:35 PM

Thanks guys. Glad is was not dull to you. Progress is good to see, and posting about it helps me to see them, it’s therapeutical as it takes a lot of time to complete such projects.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 07:53 PM

Wow! Looks awesome.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 01-24-2015 01:11 AM

Well Patrice, I am definitely bookmarking this page because there is a very valuable lesson you just taught us here with that fabric trick that was never part of the ASFM curriculum! Just so I understand how it works, the contact cement bond between the veneer and the fabric is strong enough to keep the marquetry together while it is being lifted off the re-activated glue. Once it is glued back down, the fabric ripped off the surface and the residue is cleaned off the marquetry with acetone, which does not have any effect on the veneer. Do I have that right?

Does it need to be any special kind of contact cement?

Thanks for posting, your willingness to share your experience is so appreciated.

And tell Patrick we like his tables too!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 01-24-2015 02:18 PM

I agree with everything that was said by the others, not a dull moment in this post. Thanks for the lesson.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 01-24-2015 11:32 PM

I learn something from everyone of you posts, the pictures are great.

-- Tom D

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