Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 03-04-2015 07:08 PM 2095 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Finishing the inside of the box and glueing Part 19 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings »

I have been carry on working on the boxes with a 2 weeks pause for our february teaching session at the American School of French Marquetry. Great class, here are some pictures

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Anyway. Before the class started I had to finish the inside of the boxes with French Polish, before the room was taken over by the students.

There is different way of holding the pieces with nails bent in places

Or with small wood blocks

I like to have it lay out in circle so I can just turn around… endlessly it seems some times. I left the edges of my side accessible to finish them also at the same time.

I started to polish the blood wood first, as it has a tendency to bleed and I did not want to drag to much the color around.

For the center panel, I started with the outside until it was fixed, then the tulip, and finally the center. This helped me minimizing any color transfer.

I work on the pore filling until I have a nice smooth satin surface. For me the pore filling is the most important step in french polish.

Now, ready to glue

I did not took a picture of cutting the panel to create part of the hidden tray mechanism but I will develop that on the mechanism trade, the next one.

I used Old Brown Glue, to give me plenty of time to glue the piece

But also the reversibility which offers an easy cleaning with cold water.

This morning, first box glued. 3 more to go and I can start working on the base, the tray and the lid, while Patrick works on the mechanism.

Just for your curiosity, Patrick posted on the mechanism we decided to use on the boxes trays on his blog. And we also did a small video.

See you on the next episode!


-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 07:33 PM

That polish, OMG.

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 11:15 PM

As always, awesome work Patrice.

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 01:15 AM

You’re getting ahead of me. I have a lot of polishing to do in the next couple of weeks.
I can only hope I can get mine looking half as fine as your finish.
These will be spectacular. ........ again !

Thanks for this.

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

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 03:00 AM


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#5 posted 03-05-2015 05:17 AM


That finish is amazing! What masterpieces!


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#6 posted 03-05-2015 05:47 PM

Thank you all.

I am not totally happy with my polish though, I had to order new flakes for the outside, the pad had a slight tendency to drag and not totally burnished at the end the way I like, but that’s being picky I guess.

Paul, I am not getting ahead, I started way before you, and I still have trays to make adjust and polish before to send them to be leathered, as wells a make the lid glue the marquetry do the banding on all the sides and corners of the box, scrape it sand it and finish it! So, you will be done first.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 12:27 AM

Don’t count on that Patrice, I’ve got quite a list as well. :-)

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

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#8 posted 03-14-2015 04:24 AM

As always Patrice .. beautiful. With much effort, big results.


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