Just Fooling Around, A 16 way Marquetry Box

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Project by shipwright posted 01-04-2012 03:25 AM 6660 views 22 times favorited 68 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a hard one to name. Inside out, Inside/Outside the Box, Fun With Hinges, etc, etc, etc.
But when the dust settles you gotta tell it like it is … Just Foolin’ Around.

It started out as an exercise to see if I could build a reversible box, two boxes in one if you wish.
Three corners have cut off pins and the fourth has a pin with a little bend on the end for a handle. If you pull that pin you can swing the box inside out exposing all the sides that were previously “inside the box”. Flip the bottom, close the lid and reinsert the pin and you have a second box, which through the magic of Boulle style marquetry, is the exact negative of the first. The front panel is classic cut because of the number of different veneers.

As I was playing with it (and it is really hard not to play with) I realized that you can actually get sixteen different configurations if you are willing to pull the other pins.

So Voila! Sixteen boxes in one.

EDIT: As I was looking again I noticed that if you invert the bottom the number doubles to thirty-two.

All the hinges are built as those in my blog:

Thanks for looking, I hope it makes you smile.


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

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 03:30 AM

Hi Paul, It looks like your getting that Marquetry skill level better & better. Great looking box! I really like your two boxes in one idea. Keep up the excellent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 03:32 AM

Just foolin around huh?!!! I wish I could “fool around” that good. This is the ultimate of creativity!
Your marquetry is perfection and skill are the same….... beautiful box Paul !!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 03:39 AM

You knew this one would get my attention didn’t you? That is very innovative. Not sure of the practical value but I too like to do stuff because I can. Nobody does hinges and marquetry like you so you should flaunt it! Another great Shipwright project. Keep inspiring us .

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

#5 posted 01-04-2012 03:40 AM

Great looking box, Paul !!!


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#6 posted 01-04-2012 03:40 AM

Wow Paul very cool fooling around. Outstanding box.


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#7 posted 01-04-2012 03:41 AM


You’re simply amazing. This is quite clever and a beautiful box any wood worker could admire but only a few could hope to execute. Your marquetry skills just keep getting better and better.

This really did make me smile!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 03:50 AM

Sigh… are amazing. Wait a minute, didn’t I say that before? Or is there an echo in this room? Heavens to Betsy, you are one prolific and incredibly talented guy! Frankly just knowing you makes me a better woodworker because I know greatness is possible if you just put your mind to it. I am creating some pretty cool stuff right now, but not as cool as this box. It is lovely. Well done sir….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 03:51 AM

Ok, you win.
This is fantastic. I just reminds me of someone having a lot of fun, with the skills to pull it off.

Very very nice,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 03:52 AM


Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 01-04-2012 03:54 AM

Paul, great looking box. Your craftmanship is inspirational. Love the ribbon on the box. I know nothing of marquetry, but would love to learn some day.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 01-04-2012 03:58 AM

Paul, This is awesome. I am having difficulty on making just one hinge (your style) and yet you have made it 5 times in this box. Addition to that attraction is the marquetry. Really good work.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 01-04-2012 04:01 AM

well paul, i like this fooling around…i think its perfect for this project..its beautiful and quite interesting very cool concept, when you stop fooling around…man i wanna be there…i wanna see it…....hows your golf game going, my oldest son just got a new golf cart, but hes in utah..otherwise i would send him your way…great project …grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 01-04-2012 04:07 AM

Amazing work. Your craftsmanship is always top notch. This concept is incredibly unique.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 01-04-2012 04:12 AM

This one really makes me smile. I love it. Your ingenuity never disappoints.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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