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Blog series by Patricelejeune updated 05-31-2019 01:08 AM 8 parts 11070 reads 46 comments total

Part 1: Remember the Treasure Boxes series?

02-14-2018 08:25 PM by Patricelejeune | 7 comments »

Remember TB I & TB II ? Here is TB III Well. As you can see it is not quite finished yet. But we have been really busy at the shop working on other project that I did not even take the time to post… But here we are, back on track. Drawing is almost done, the 2 sides are finished and ready to be cut, top and front need to be verified and the back needs a bit more massaging, but it’s there. We have taken this opportunity to clean up the veneer cellar with...

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Part 2: Inspiration

09-13-2018 10:43 PM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

I have been pretty busy working without much time for updating my blog. Like many cabinet maker I have a special love affair with a particular piece of furniture. Couple of pieces in fact, but one of them is a coffer attributed to Andre-Charles Boulle at the J.P. Getty museum. I always wanted to do a copy of it, I still will but we decided that our Treasure Box III was going to be inspired by it. The original coffer is a “simple” box with a lid, but as we like, in our...

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Part 3: New Marquetry Workshop

09-13-2018 11:23 PM by Patricelejeune | 3 comments »

One of the reason it has been difficult to keep this blog updated is that my life has slightly changed in the past months. My wife is now manager of a 19th century french painting gallery in LA.For years she has been living between LA and San Diego for her research and work, we have to switch and I am now the traveling spouse. For this reason one part of the workshop that I can easily bring with me is the marquetry workshop. I had my chevalet in my first apartment living room in France,...

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Part 4: Cutting Marquetry

09-29-2018 01:55 AM by Patricelejeune | 9 comments »

So with a bit of tardiness here is an “account” on cutting the marquetry panels our Treasure Box III As you know, I now do my marquetry in LA with a reduced but sweet set up. On a piece by piece project the drawing is paramount to the final quality of your marquetry. No change can be made afterwards so I usually work my drawing until Patrick and Kristen pry me away from it. Once this first stage is complete. We usualy have a good idea of what wood will be used where b...

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Part 5: Chêne de Tronçais - Tronçais' Oak

12-02-2018 09:42 PM by Patricelejeune | 7 comments »

I have been working more on the Treasure Boxes than on the blog… I could cut down the blog and fast forward to now, closer to the end, but I understand some of you like the step by step appoach. One of the reason I have not been updating our progress as much as usual, and I am usually not great at it anyway, is that the first box was ordered 11 months ago, on drawing alone. It was bought by the wife of one of our best client for a big birthday, one with a brand new zero in it. The...

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Part 6: Frisage / Parquetry

12-03-2018 12:52 AM by Patricelejeune | 8 comments »

Lets talk a bit about the inside of the box. When I worked on the intention drawing I had in mind the Getty coffer for the shape and marquetry, but we wanted to create something functional. My first idea was a dropfront and Patrick was dead set agains it. After months of turning around, looking at other projects but always comming back to that one, we compromised on : a dropfront… Eheh An intent drawing is always a great start for me, as I try to present what the object will be fu...

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Part 7: Veneering

05-31-2019 12:31 AM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

Just a quick post on veneering on that type of boxes. It is very similar to what happend in Treasure Box 1 and 2 so you can have more details there if you want to. Each side of the box has a central panel of marquetry that is “framed” by a banding and string inlays. On this project the inside and the outside were veneered. The marquetry panel centered. Then the inside was finished before glueing the box. This alowes to have crisp french polished corner. Using hide glue, i...

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Part 8: Mechanisms

05-31-2019 01:08 AM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

In this new Treasure Box Series we actually wanted to add (on top of a bunch of marquetry) a bit more mechanic fun. Most of the hardware had to be made for us and we worked on this with Aaron Radelow. He is at the same time a great metal and woodworker and it was great to work with someone who understood what we wanted to do. The first challenge was that I wanted to make a dropfront out of this box. Finding a existing compass system that worked with our need and dimension did not succee...

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