Eighteenth Century Cabinet #6: Side Panels ... Parquetry / Marquetry

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-08-2021 05:19 AM 1534 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ive finished the Main parquetry / marquetry panels that will go on the sides of my cabinet …... finally.
This iconic Jean Henri Reisener parquetry is amazingly dramatic but very labour intensive to build. It contains 96 individual flowers, each of which has eleven parts, all sand shaded.
The marquetry medallions in the middle are the remaining two of four I cut when I made my desk so for this project they were “free”. :-)

An eight layer thick packet of lattice that will be divided into four pieces for each side panel.

Lattice laid out with a marquetry medallion to check for fit.

Cutting the Padauk lozenges six at a time. All the veneer is 1.5 mm thick except the lattice. It is .9mm Amaranth (Purpleheart) on the show side backed with .6mm Oak. What you will be seeing here is the glue side so it is Oak.

Each lozenge is surrounded by 12 Ebony and Holly fillets to give a three dimensional effect. These were cut with my new steampunk guillotine.

In this picture I have cut a little piece of Amaranth lattice to get a peek of what the show side will look like. You can also see the buildup of the three dimensional effect.

The flowers are cut separately six at a time.

Sand shading this many pieces is a sit down job.

All done, this is the left side

...and this is the right.

Lots left to do. I’m just getting started here. :-)

Thanks for looking.

-- 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 03-08-2021 05:25 AM

Nice work Paul.
That would take me 6 years and look ten times worse…...

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#2 posted 03-08-2021 06:35 AM

Great to see, and you seem to have progressed it so quickly. I like the extra fine detail of the light coming from the front top for the 3D effect!

-- Madburg WA

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#3 posted 03-08-2021 09:32 AM

This is so nice to follow. Great respect for what you are doing!


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#4 posted 03-08-2021 10:56 AM

As usual Paul, you never fail to amaze.

Nice work Paul.
That would take me 6 years and look ten times worse…...

- LeeRoyMan

Mine would reminiscent of a 5 year old with a box of crayons.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#5 posted 03-08-2021 11:41 AM

Looking good Paul …

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#6 posted 03-08-2021 01:23 PM

I would be cross eyed by now. As always Paul, fantastic. Always look forward to your posts.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-08-2021 01:41 PM


Does the lattice stay proud? How much trouble does that cause in the final gluing process? Or do you use a bag?

Beautiful work!!!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#8 posted 03-08-2021 02:22 PM

LOL … intricate is your middle name Paul! Absolutely marvellous design, beautifully executed!! It’s great to know you’re managing to enjoy these pandemic days in you’re very own unique style. Please say hi to Elinor too :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 03-08-2021 02:41 PM

Great work, as always Paul.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#10 posted 03-08-2021 03:06 PM

Mike, I guess the illusion is perfect. The lattice is not proud. It is the brilliance of this Reisener design (and the 1300 or so little fillets of Ebony and Holly) that make it look that way.

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

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#11 posted 03-08-2021 03:34 PM

This is stunningly beautiful Paul. I have the utmost respect for your skill and talent.

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

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#12 posted 03-08-2021 04:49 PM

It is a pleasure to follow along on this project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 03-08-2021 05:48 PM

It’s always amazing to see your work.

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#14 posted 03-08-2021 07:59 PM

And I thought string and berry inlay was tedious. Very wonderful work.

-- Ron

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#15 posted 03-09-2021 03:20 AM

That is awe inspiring Paul. In a future post would you possibly get a close-up of just one of the flowers surrounded by the lattice? I’ll bet they just brilliant.


-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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