Butterfly Inlay/Marquetry Box

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Project by scrappy posted 04-29-2009 08:07 PM 7001 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another box with an Inlay/Marquetry Butterfly on/in the lid.

The top is Honey Locust Crotch purchased from Saw4Fun Hard wood shorts Very beautifull wood!
Re-Sawed into 3 slabs, so expect to see more of this.

Sides are Myrtle Cut off from Wood Workers Source local store.

Trimmed with Mahogany cut offs.

Butterfly is Walnut with Acrylic Pen Blank (banana yellow and grape) from Rockler and brass antenna.

Bottom is from a hole I cut in the door to my shop to insert a window. Hollow core door, Sepperated and sanded. Good thin plywood. (Re-new and Re-use!) (window for door was glass from old coffee table insert!)

Hinges are hand made from Mahogany If you haven’t tried to make your own hinges yet…Give it a try. It really isn’t as hard as it looks like it would be.
Didn’t have any trouble linning up the hinges like I did last time. (son in law box)
This time I mounted the lid half first, then put the hinge together, glued and clampd the lower half to box with lid closed and lined up. That way everything was all ready lined up for the hinges!

Still needs a couple of more coats of hand wipe poly, so the hinge pins are not cut to size yet.

Would like ALL critiques and comment (good or bad) Am allways trying to improve so any comments would be helpfull.

Thank You for looking!

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 08:29 PM

That is one butiful box! I really love the design of your hinges. I just dropped 20+ dollars on some small brusso hinges – but I think I like yours better!

-- -- Mike Beauvais

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 08:58 PM

Wow after seeing this Im going to be busy trying some of this stuff myself
Amazing work, I love the hinges and the use of arcylic blank to pop the butterfly.

Can you tell me how you designed the hinges?

Once again amazing

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#3 posted 04-29-2009 09:24 PM

I am impressed. I have wanted to do marquetry for my box projects for several years now. I even took a short course. And yet I have not made my first marquetry project. I have veneer, I have knives, I have tape, I have everything but inspiration. Your butterfly may well become the symbol of my muse.

I love the fact that you are resawing. Increasingly this is the way to go to get the most out of a log. I have always done a small amount of resawing, but over the past couple of years since I have begun milling my own lumber, I have got pretty good at it (as long as the boards fit under the guide on my 14” bandsaw (6”). But it works. Take a look at Jessica’s bed in my project page. This was done by resawing 3 12” x 1” rough boards. I couldn’t joint or plane them without cutting the planks down to 6”, and then it just seemed logical to open the boards up and edge join them to make the panels. I now actually enjoy resawing.

So, Muse, keep it up. Thank you.

-- Whatever

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#4 posted 04-29-2009 09:41 PM

First Class Scrappy! I like the hinges also.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 04-29-2009 10:17 PM

No critiques, just kudos! Great box. I like the acrylic pen blank use to add color. Great idea.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#6 posted 04-29-2009 11:05 PM

Very Nice Box. I especially like the inlay and the hinges.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#7 posted 04-29-2009 11:14 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

I got my inspiration from this blog by SCOTSMAN

All I did was start with your stock (size depends on how heavy your lid and walls are) Cut one end with notch in center, then cut to length. Lay on top of stock and trace. Cut other half with leg in center to fit. Shape as desired. By only rounding the inner edges of the “legs” You can use it as a stop to keep your lid at what ever angle you want when open. Don’t forget to find your “PIN” FIRST You need to have the hinge assembled but not mounted, when you drill your pin hole. I have some brads that are 0.065 inch diameter. Perfect press fit into a 1/16 hole.

Give hinges a try. It only costs a little SCRAP and I have only had to re-make 1 (so far).

Thanks again for the great comments.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 04-29-2009 11:59 PM

Very nice box…. Ditto on the hinges…..

Thanks for sharing..


-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#9 posted 04-30-2009 02:14 AM

Man, that is one beautiful box; and brother, do you ever have that inlay thing down!!!
I want to start to try inlay and carving, but it’s going to be a looong time before I can match some of the things I’ve seen lately around here!

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#10 posted 04-30-2009 03:37 AM

I really like this box.
let me count the ways #1 wonderful figure #2 beautiful design #3 hinges fantastic #4 butterfly inlay superb #5 well built oh ya


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#11 posted 04-30-2009 04:54 AM

Great looking box!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 04-30-2009 06:05 AM

That’s definitely an out of the box kind of box! Looks great :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 04-30-2009 08:21 PM

Just an amazing box. Gorgeous.

-- Scott

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