Marquetry Panels for Chinese Theme Box

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Project by mauibob posted 04-09-2011 12:21 AM 4796 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some marquetry panels that I have made for a jewelry box project. All are various scenes of China taken from photos. Woods used are holly, koa, macassar ebony, Chechen rosewood, purpleheart, ipe, sapele, maple, tulipwood, poplar and mahogany. There are some inlays of stone for flowers in last picture.

Pictures include Hong Kong harbor, the Great Wall (Mutanyu), Gui Lin, Fu Zhou temple and a temple with bridge scene (for the top of the box).

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 12:29 AM

love it !!

-- WrenchsWoodworks

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 01:36 AM

Beautiful Marquetry Panels. This must be one big Jewelry box, I can’t wait to see it. My favorite one is the last one with the bridge. Super job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 01:51 AM

beautiful panels bob, really cool work!

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 02:01 AM

Just beautiful

-- Billp

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 02:22 AM

Great work Bob.
Like Dennis, I like the last one but I also like the great wall… and the fisherman..OK and the Junk. I like them all.
I just got home to Canada yesterday and started “Chevy II” today. Can’t wait to get back to marquetry.

Thanks for the inspiration Bob.

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

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 02:27 AM

Gorgeous Bob…really nice work. Great selection of veneers and complimentary colors/patterns. Can’t wait to see it come together in the final box!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 02:36 AM

Bob, those are just beautiful. I can’t decide which one I like best.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 02:42 AM

OUTSTANDING Bob!!! I have just gotten into marquetry and have been learning a lot by trial and error. What method do you use? My goal would be to include marquetry in some furniture. Just haven’t got to that point yet. Too bad you are so far away. I would love to visit and see how you accomplish such great work. Oh Well. but you never know, I may show up at your shop someday.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 04:11 AM

Thanks to all for the very nice comments! This was a fun project – my wife’s hand was in it in the picking of the photos she liked best.

John, you are always welcome to visit when you’re on the East coast! For all of my marquetry, I like to use the double-bevel technique, and all of these panels were done in that way. A router template kit, together with some homemade MDF templates, were used to make the koa “frames” around the four side images.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 03:13 AM

Beautiful workmanship Bob I love Hong Kong the view from the peak is magnificent Did you see the Big Buddha? that would make a cool marquetry scene

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 05:48 AM

Hi Trevor. I had completely forgotten about the Big Buddha on Lantau. You are right, that would make a great marquetry scene. Last time we were there, the Buddha was partially shrouded in fog until we got close. The effect was very eerie as we moved through the clouds on the Ngong Ping 360 degree view gondola!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#12 posted 04-10-2011 11:16 AM

Beautiful work and artistry Bob. I tried to pick a favorite, but in the end I decided they were all contenders.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-10-2011 12:23 PM

Marvelous skill and artistry. Thank for posting these, Bob.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 04-10-2011 07:00 PM

Love it, Bob. Amazing detail. Always look forward to what you’ll come up with next.

-- "Well done is better than well said."

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