Eighteenth Century Cabinet #10: Change of Plans, Front Marquetry

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-10-2021 11:58 PM 704 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know I said I was taking a break to get back to sailing for the summer but there was a surprise in store for me.
On April 26th I had my boat hauled out of the water for bottom paint and a couple of quick maintenance issues. It was to go back in on the 28th …….. but on the 27th this happened.

They dropped a big power cruiser and the accident got a stop work order placed on the Travel Lift until it was inspected, cleared, and re-certified. It’s a long story but all that matters here is that my boat was stranded on land for a month. It finally got put back in the water on the 28th of May, a month late!

Since I couldn’t go sailing I decided to attack that front marquetry panel, a copy of a Jean Francois Oeben table top.
After 55 hours of cutting over more than a month it is finished. Now I intend to take that break.

As in some of the other parts of this project there are veneers of different thicknesses involved here and the thinner ones are backed to make up the difference. That means that when you see the glue side as in these pictures several of the pieces (the light greens, blues, and reds) don’t show up. What you see is the poplar backing. Even I won’t see what this marquetry actually looks like until after it is glued to the doors of the cabinet!

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 06-11-2021 12:15 AM

the good news, it wasn’t your boat that took a dive, the bad news was a months wait, But wait – - every cloud has a silver lining. And wow what a lining. Great work as usual Paul!

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#2 posted 06-11-2021 12:36 AM

I echo dclark’s sentiments to a T Paul … and isn’t it wonderful to have a backup plan, eh?! Absolutely beautiful Marquetry as alway!! Now … go sail your boat :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#3 posted 06-11-2021 12:49 AM

Oh my! When I first saw the picture and started reading I thought it was your boat that had been dropped or dropped on!!! Pleased it wasn’t. Great work as ever and you might inspire me to did the chevy out and have another dabble at marquetry…....... well once I’ve finished the latest job. Great to see you ‘posting’ again.

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 06-11-2021 01:03 AM

Beautiful work (as usual!)...Paul you must have tremendous patience!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 06-11-2021 01:10 AM

just amazing work

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#6 posted 06-11-2021 03:30 AM

Awesome work! Have fun sailing.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 06-11-2021 03:31 AM

Beautiful work. Amazing details. Wow.

Enjoy your sailing time. :)

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#8 posted 06-11-2021 11:04 AM

Fantastic work!


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#9 posted 06-11-2021 02:37 PM

If you can’t go sailing you might as well work on an amazing cabinet! It’s looking really good.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 06-12-2021 10:27 AM

Amazing results

-- Guy,PEI

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#11 posted 06-12-2021 03:57 PM

truly a master at work your awesome Paul :<))))))) VERY BEAUTIFUL

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

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#12 posted 06-12-2021 04:33 PM

Thanks all!

gbear Sometimes stubbornness can be a good substitute for patience. :-)

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

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#13 posted 06-13-2021 04:32 AM


The delay was a blessing for us! We get to enjoy your fine work. The marquetry is really coming along nicely.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 06-13-2021 11:49 AM

Your dedication and meticulous attention to detail, not to mention skill, is showing here. Beautiful work Paul.

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

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