Bubinga box with Celtic design inlay

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Project by woodn posted 05-02-2014 11:59 AM 4111 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was happy to find a bit left in my bottle of scotch after finishing the inlay! It took multiple steps cutting and setting the inlays in the right sequence to reach the desired result. I drew the design on the PC using Autosketch. Then used carbon paper to transfer the design to the maple. I used a fine pencil to clarify the lines, and then planned out the sequence of cutting and gluing the strips. I used the Micro Fence edge guide to cut each channel in two steps to get a good fit.

Of course, once the lid panel was done, I needed to build a box around it. Needless to say, more things went wrong building the box than normal, but being so invested in the lid, I had to keep finding ways of fixing and moving forward. Pretty satisfied with the final result though.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 01:47 PM

That’s beautiful. The inlay, drawers and great woods. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 01:53 PM

Nice work. And great design for the pulls and feet. Once you get hooked on inlay, there’s no stopping. LOL

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 02:22 PM

Very nicely done. When you get inlay down you must try marquetry. The possibilities are endless and it looks like you would have a talent for it.
Is Autosketch a vector graphic program? I use Inkscape, which is, and with it you can resize the design to any size and then choose line thickness before printing. I use .01”. You can attach the paper directly to the workpiece eliminating the transfer and line refinement steps. ....... Just a thought. You are doing just fine on your own.

-- 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 05-02-2014 02:38 PM

“Super job”

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 08:05 PM

What a beautiful box. I can see you put allot of fun and love into building that one

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 08:22 PM

Gorgeous design, box and great craftsmanship.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 05-03-2014 03:33 AM

Excellent box, looks great.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 05-03-2014 03:46 AM

Nice recovery, in building the box, can anyone call that a “box”,? more like a work of art! Which the lid of course, really is.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 05-03-2014 10:55 AM

very beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#10 posted 05-03-2014 09:41 PM

Beautiful Piece Of Work, For Sure Bob!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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