OK, The French Veneer (at last) #16: Glue-Up and Details

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-23-2015 09:44 PM 2560 reads 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Top Sand Shading and Assembly Part 16 of OK, The French Veneer (at last) series Part 17: Home Stretch- French Polish and Pig Suede »

With the marquetry all done and mounted the focus turns to getting the carcass finished and glued up and to the finishing details.

First up is to get the back piece veneered with 1/16” Walnut inside and out and the R.E. magnets and concave end trim pieces installed.

I ran the top through the drum sander to get it all levelled out.

Then the carcass parts got ebonized and got a preliminary finish prior to glue-up. A quick check assembly at this point pointed out the need for just a bit more marquetry as the front edges of the dividers seemed wrong in solid black.

No problem

Before glue-up I also added the Queen Ebony trim mouldings to the front and sides. This one is being fitted with a saw cut.

The glue-up. I used OBG for this one as it gave me more time than HHG.

I cleaned up the hinge barrels and added Arararacaga trim to the drawers.

Because there are no ends to add strength to this carcass I made the tough decision to add two trim head screws in the top and two in the bottom. I made veneer topped plugs to hide the holes in the top marquetry.

A crack in the veneer was making a real mess of my feature bird’s neck so I took a shot at fixing it. The repair looks better than in the picture.

Lastly, I replaced the inner tubing pieces of my hinge pins with solid 7/16” brass rod. I drilled 1/4” holes in the bottom ends to facilitate removal with needle nosed pliers and locked them in with polished brass plates.

The whole thing is now complete except for French polish but you will have to wait for the pictures until the project post. For now I’m heading home on Friday and I will do the polishing there where I have room to spread out and work on all the parts.
Thanks for looking in.


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

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Luke Addington

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#1 posted 03-23-2015 09:58 PM


This was an absolute treat to see in person. That repair is invisible from a foot away. This is the kind of work that will be remembered. I cannot come up with enough words to convey how beautiful this piece is. I think Patrick & Patrice will be honored that this work is dedicated to them.

Congratulations on a truly masterful piece.

Safe travels back to Canada – I will see you this winter!


-- Luke,

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 10:12 PM

Amazing work Paul.
I am just speechless. All the little details that you do to a piece are just awesome.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 10:12 PM

Paul, I can’t wait to see this posted as a finished project. This is truly a “Master Piece” and you should be very proud of yourself. I am amazed at not just the marquetry but the whole design and execution of this piece. I would be a nervous wreck with the glue up but the OBG does take some of the strain off you :) After something like this I can’t wait to see whats next from you!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 03-23-2015 10:49 PM

Paul, this is truly magnificent. I have watched the whole process through your blogs, and I still cannot wrap my head around how something like this is achieved. You should be very proud of this amazing piece of art. I could go on babbling, but I need to save some of my superlatives for your next project.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 03-23-2015 10:53 PM

Remarkable work, Paul! I had to go back a few blogs to get caught up with the build, but simply amazing workmanship!!! You have an incredible eye for details, and must be a master of patience.

Looking forward to the finish.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 11:17 PM

Thanks for the fine update, Paul. This is really coming together beautifully. I can’t wait to see it all polished up – have a safe trip home.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 11:17 PM

All this is just an amazing dose of awesome…! You continually make great strides with your marquetry and this impressive work.

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 11:49 PM

Paul, I knew when I first “met” you several years ago that you were a cut above the rest of us. I am simply stunned at your talent, workmanship, and execution. I remain humbled. I can’t even imagine taking on something like this. Right now I’m trying to figure out how to add a 16’ x 20’ addition onto my wife’s horse barn and try to find some solace in trying to work on some segmented turning ideas. I truly appreciate your posts and the thought and talent that goes into all you do.

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

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#9 posted 03-24-2015 12:20 AM

Wow, just gets better and better. Each panel is captivating on it’s own, but all together is magnificent. Your wood selection and sand shading put the piece in the very top rank of marquetry in this country. My compliments and admiration.

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

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#10 posted 03-24-2015 12:31 AM

Masterful work Paul! Will this piece be in any upcoming exhibitions ?

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#11 posted 03-24-2015 12:34 AM

VOON DA VA....this is one piece that just tops them all, i dont think i could let this one go paul..there surly must be plenty of zero’s after the numbers…thanks for sharing this build, i had never seen this type of woodwork until you started to show what you were doing with it...FANTASTIC….

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

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#12 posted 03-24-2015 12:41 AM

I impatiently wait for finish – and the contours of finishes that are present, saying that they should be proud of your work, dear friend Paul!


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#13 posted 03-24-2015 01:22 AM

You are amazing, Paul!

Just AWESOME work!

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#14 posted 03-24-2015 01:34 AM


-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 03-24-2015 01:37 AM

Wow. You need to get that cabinet insured. Looks amazing.

-- Julian

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