Marquetry box #2

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Project by DonSol posted 02-09-2016 01:04 AM 2163 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is in the style of the Brit Box Maker shell box.

I made this box for some friends that were going to give it to a friend of theirs. I thought I had till shortly before
Christmas, only they forgot to tell me it was going to Denmark and needed two weeks to send it so it would get there in time. So when they told me, I just smiled and put in some long days, but I got it done in time and they were happy.

The background veneer is the from the center of a sheet of maple burl and the rest is dyed veneers. The base is maple.

To start I decide what the flowers will look like, then draw 3 petals and make a template of each one. The reason I do this is so all the petals won’t be the same but close. I did not get pictures of the next step but I think I can explain it so you will understand.

I will use 2 pieces of the petal veneer and sandwich it between 2 pieces of cardboard from a cereal box, flatten it out and tape it around the edges with a good sticky masking tape. Then trace the templates arranging them to get as many petals as possible. Next I cut them out with a #3 blade on the scroll saw.

I then make the flowers and this is where I started taking pictures.

I then cut the petals where they join with an exacto knife and do the shading.

I tape the end pieces to the box and cut to size. Next I do the same with the front and back. Last is the top.
I then arrange the flowers until I get them where I like it and tape them down with narrow strips of tape.

After I get this done I remove a group and cut them where they overlap, shade, glue and put them back. When I get this all done I take the panels off in reverse of the way I put them on. Score around a group, take them off and cut that section out with the knife, then glue the flowers in that window. Using narrow strips of tape across the joints to pull them together.

After all this I will retake the panels back on and mark where the flowers overlap on the top. This is important to get everything lined up when you glue the top on.

I learned marquetry from a book, mistakes and trying different ways of doing things. I may not do things the way they are taught but it works for me. Any questions or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for looking.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 01:36 AM

DonSol, great looking box. But there is one problem… I not sure which one of your recent boxes I like the best, The Marquetry box or the Marquetry box #2

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 01:40 AM

Nice work Don, lovely box.

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

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 04:02 AM

Eye catching. nice color contrast. good work on the shading.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 04:09 AM

Great pictures, I really like both boxes, nice clean layout, what’s not to like.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 04:18 AM

A very eye catching and happy design .
I also like your extra effort on construction process pictures and explanation .
Thanks for sharing .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 05:22 AM

Interesting post thanks. The box looks great.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 05:50 AM

Wow, another amazing box. I need to try this someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 06:27 AM

Very eye catching colours. very well done. nice workmanship

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#9 posted 02-09-2016 11:26 AM

thanks for the pics and the mini-tutorial..super box

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#10 posted 02-09-2016 02:47 PM


-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 02-09-2016 04:49 PM

That is beautiful!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#12 posted 02-09-2016 05:31 PM

Thank you for taking the time to look and comment, I appreciate it.

If you look at the next to last picture in the tutorial you will see a few gaps. I had planned to put 2 butterflies on top and 1 on what I considered the front. I could have fixed those gaps but I didn’t have much time. So I used all 3 to get rid of the gaps on the top.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#13 posted 02-09-2016 07:00 PM

Absolutely beautiful!! I’ve tried this technique for marquetry a few times and never had success. The pieces never fit correctly for me. The couple times I have had success is when Ive sandwiched the veneer between scrap wood and cut the pattern on a scroll saw. Seeing your hand cut box has inspired me to attempt this again. I love the way it came out.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#14 posted 02-09-2016 07:55 PM

Wow, I never click on these multitudes of boxes in LJs but your handiwork intrigued my interest this time. Amazing work Don!

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#15 posted 02-10-2016 09:31 AM

Nicely done. Thanks for the explanations. A lovely gift.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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