Keep sake box #1: First Marquetry Post since AFSM

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Blog entry by sandhill posted 01-08-2014 12:44 AM 1824 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m real rusty and haven’t had a chance to do a project I wanted to do since I returned from AFSM a year ago so I thought it was about time. I decided I needed a JIG to cut Dove Tail splines, it just popped into my head so here is the JIG in the first picture. After I made the JIG I needed some way of trying it out so I thought why not a box I had not planned of even putting a top or bottom on it at the time. I found some QUILTED MAKORE that I had been carting around for the last four years or more so I figured why not, it will be a good test. The next thing I knew I was cutting out a cameo on the CHEVALET, anyway here are some photos of what I have to date I just hope I get to finish it before we go on our two month drive out west.

This is the dove tail sled. Plans Here

here’s the box getting the dove tails cut.

Here is the cut dove tails that will get the splines.

here’s the cameo cut out and ready to sand shade (first time doing this).

Here it is again with the sand shading (fare).

And last is the cameo glued down, this is in reverse and she will face the left after final mounting.

Her eye will be put in at final assembly and the cameo measures 5” X 2.750”
The pattern came out of Dennis Zonkers book I highly recommend the book if your into boxes or not he has some good tips.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 01:33 AM

Looking good Bob glade you’re back on your Chevy. I see you got Dennis’s book by the look of that cameo. Keep us posted on your progress.


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#3 posted 01-08-2014 01:38 AM

Thanks guys, Yes I did get the pattern from Dennis’s book, I meant to add that in the end but forgot so I edited it and its added now.

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 03:21 AM

Nice one. Bob, good to see you at the chevy. Nice spline jig too.

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

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 09:03 AM

Very nicely done Bob. It looks like your dovetail spline jig works real well too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 07:14 PM

looks great so far. Dennis book is great too.

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 08:26 PM

Paul, It feels good to not have my plate so full. Now I can do some of the stuff I like to do on my schedule.
It does Mike, it works better then I had hoped for.
I like Dennis’s book a lot he did a good job on it. Its a book you have to sit down and read a few times to get what things are most important, not just glance at pages as I found out when I first got it.

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#8 posted 01-09-2014 03:50 AM

Looks like fun to me!

-- I never finish anyth

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 04:20 PM

It’s good to see you back in your shop having fun again Bob. This is going to look beautiful!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 01-09-2014 04:22 PM

That’s mighty nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 01-10-2014 04:00 AM

Well I lost the whole day today going to Frederick MD. today it was not a real loss because I got a chance to have lunch with my daughter and spend a little time with my grand daughter after school but between that time I went to Exotic Lumber for a little over an hour and picked up a few boards. Birds eye maple 7’ X 5 X 4/4 one side sanded so you could see the figure, 4’ X 5” X 1/2 White Holly, 34” X 2” X 1/2” Garbon ebony and 6 pieces of Purple heart of assorted lengths 2” X 1/4” 6” = 8” good for draws and trays in a jewelry also got some 5/4 Caribbean walnut real pretty wood.

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