Marquetry Recipe Box

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Project by DonSol posted 06-26-2016 12:19 AM 1951 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this box yesterday. The other boxes in this style were smaller and would not hold a 3”x5” card and several women said they would like to have one big enough. So i made this one to see if they were serious, I put it on my FB page and said I would have it at the Farmers Market. 5 minutes after it opened one of them showed up with checkbook in hand and said she wanted the recipe box, wrote the check with a very happy look on her face. I did not think anyone would pay that for a recipe box and figured I would be stuck with it for a while.

The flowers and butterflies are dyed veneers and the background is English brown oak burl. On the top I shaded the burl on the right edge where the flowers and burl join as if the light is coming from the left. On the 4 sides I shaded the bottom edge. I have never done this but I thought I would try to make the flowers look like they were raised above the burl. Let me know what you think.

This is the Brit Box Maker’s style shell box and I just love this style for marquetry.

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

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#1 posted 06-26-2016 01:22 AM

Wow—that’s some amazing marquetry! No wonder that lady came, checkbook in hand!

You should be very proud of this one!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 06-26-2016 01:35 AM

Very nice Don. I think your shading worked well. Congrats on the sale.
If you have a market you should start making multiples. That’s one of the nice things about marquetry.

Well Done.

-- 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 06-26-2016 02:53 AM

Don that is really amazing. Wish I had the eye for doing marquetry. Your box is beautiful.

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#4 posted 06-26-2016 04:50 AM

Great Job! I really like the way the flowers wrap around the edges of the box. How do you get them to line up so well? I have tried and not done so well.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 06-26-2016 11:01 AM

Well done. This style really showcases your fine marquetry for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-26-2016 12:02 PM

Magnificent work! If you build it they will come! Especially if it looks this nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 06-26-2016 01:56 PM

I think you did an excellent job.

-- Billp

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#8 posted 06-26-2016 02:00 PM

I am not surprised it sold immediately. It is really attractive. I am sure the lady is thrilled to have it.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#9 posted 06-26-2016 02:05 PM

great design and glad it was accepted by the masses.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 06-26-2016 03:15 PM

This marquetry is extraordinary, very colourfull.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-26-2016 03:22 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments, I appreciate them.

Paul I think making multiples would be the way to go on these. Just use different veneers for each box to make each one unique.

John I cut the waster pieces to size using the box as the template. I cut the end pieces first and tape them to the box so they can’t move. Next is the front and back so they will hide the edges of the end pieces. Last is the top to hide the edges of the four sides when you look down at the top. I tape (1/8” strips) the flowers down in an arrangement I like. Remove the top. I take a group of flowers from the top and join and shade them where they overlap. Tape them back in place on the top waster, score around them, finish the cut and glue the group in place. After the top has dried and pressed overnight I tape it back onto the box so it doesn’t move. Turn it upside down and carefully slice the overhanging flowers off and lining these pieces up with the top piece tape them to the sides. Then I will put tic marks on the top of the box where the two sections of the flower line up. Do the four side the same in the reverse order you taped them on. After all this glue the ends on. To make sure they stay in place and lined up with any tic marks tape the edges in place before I clamp it down. Do the other 3 sides and the top last. I hope this helps and if you have any questions please let me know.

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

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#12 posted 06-26-2016 03:35 PM

Love Your marquetry boxes don .
The colours give them such a fun and unique look .
A build blog would be great .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 06-26-2016 03:55 PM

Beautiful box! The fact that it sold so quickly may mean that you were asking too little for it. I know how much work goes into this sort of project, and getting paid a decent amount for it is always a problem.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 06-26-2016 05:21 PM

Wonderful design and beautifully done! Love the colours.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#15 posted 06-26-2016 06:14 PM

Thank you guys for the comments.

Kiefer I was just thinking that I would do a blog on the next one and take lots of pictures. But I have a couple of projects to do and some work at the Art Center on their permanent collection storage system.

Dark_Lightning I came up with a price and took 1/2 of that and added that to get the total. The woman that bought it has purchased other things from me and from what I understand the cost is not a concern to her.

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

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