Eyeglass storage box with marquetry

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Project by AstroGuy posted 07-04-2018 06:28 PM 2621 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this eyeglass storage box today for my wife who has a very large collection of reading glasses that often get lost. The project is veneered and incorporates marquetry. The box is lined and has dividers and a sliding tray for storage.


The response to the box has been remarkable and I really appreciate everyone’s interest. I thought I would add some additional details here since there have been a lot of questions.

The box is constructed of veneered plywood and the veneer was applied using a vacuum press. I have also done this using hide glue but find (and I might be alone in this) that it was difficult to press the marquetry panel cleanly using that approach. Maybe I just need more practice with the hammered veneer approach for marquetry. I also find that the cleanup after the glue sets was more challenging than I expected due to the rigidity of the glue. I realize this is counter to the usual teaching but I just find I get more reliable results with marquetry using cold press glue and a vacuum press. Hammer veneering normal sheets of veneer is no problem but the marquetry moved around a bit too much. I know that Patrick Edwards has this slick technique using hide glue substrates on some special European non-waxed butcher type paper but I have not tried that myself. Cool stuff though and worth a look if you are interested.

The hummingbird design is NOT my own original drawing although I did execute it completely in marquetry. I purchased the drawing pattern from Vincent Doan ( – he sells several patterns in various forms of licensing. The patterns come as illustrator files that can be manipulated easily, scaled, printed for cutting, etc.

The quadrant hinges were done using a router and a chisel with the assistance of the Rockler hinge mortise jig mentioned in the comments. The lining is a blue/purple soft material whose name I don’t know (I think its probably close cropped blue Yeti fur or something…). The dividers are just grooved 1/8” cherry that fit together snugly and are removable. The sliding tray (also lined with yeti fur) slides across the dividers smoothly due to the lining.

The box holds 8 pairs of reading glasses as well as whatever you want to put in the tray. Can be easily repurposed with a custom divider to hold watches, other jewelry, etc.

Thanks again for all the interest!


-- Richard

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#1 posted 07-04-2018 07:06 PM

Nice work, like the Hummingbird detail. What are the woods used in the veneers?

Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 07-04-2018 09:09 PM

Very Nice Work & Well Done Richard!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 07-04-2018 09:30 PM

Stunning! One of these days, I’d like to learn marquetry.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 07-04-2018 09:32 PM

A beautiful and useful box project! I’m sure she’ll get a lot of enjoyment using it!

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

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#5 posted 07-04-2018 11:35 PM

lovely box and I adore the bird

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#6 posted 07-05-2018 12:24 AM

Great box and beautiful marquetry. Outstanding project and nice workmanship.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 07-05-2018 12:59 AM

beautiful marquetry … wonderful little hum dinger … GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 07-05-2018 03:00 AM

Fantastic work!! I need something for mine, maybe not this fancy though. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 07-05-2018 03:13 AM

Really nice work, oustanding project!

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

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#10 posted 07-05-2018 03:49 AM

Beautiful work!

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#11 posted 07-05-2018 04:05 AM

Very pretty box, really like the inlay/marquetry it looks perfect and very artist. The quadrant hinges add a great deal to the box too. Were they hard to install? Does it take a great deal of skill? They look just great, the box ever all has a very elegant look to it. Your wife’s glasses have found a beautiful home. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#12 posted 07-05-2018 09:48 AM

Marquetry looks fantastic!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-05-2018 11:14 AM

Just amazing. The artistic touch is wonderful!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 07-05-2018 12:32 PM

This is a very pretty piece.

Amazing how tight the marquetry is.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#15 posted 07-05-2018 12:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind and thoughtful comments! This kind of feedback and interest keeps us all pushing ourselves as woodworkers. Most appreciated.

-- Richard

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