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Here's the box that I made jeffswildwood for the box swap.

I used a photo that I found online of Patos Island up in the San Juan Islands as the basis for this box. These islands to the north are home to 3 resident pods of Orcas and they swim up and down the Haro Strait between the San Juans and Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. As far as I know, it's one of the only places you can go to and reliably whale watch from shore.

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This was the first all veneer box that I've done. The ones in the past have been solid wood sides and a veneered top. The sides are Waterfall Bubinga, and I also included 3 12" long sheets of this bubinga for him. The trim is solid maple around the edges.

On the top, I used cherry for the water, walnut burl for the shore, oak for the sandy area, poplar for the hills, maple for the sky, maple and holly for the lighter sections of the lighthouse, bloodwood and padauk for the roof (difference between the two after finish wasn't as great as I had hoped), mountain was some dyed white veneer that I found, and the orca is dyed black veneer, with dyed white "eye" patch, and some walnut sap wood for the behind the dorsal fin patch.

The inner portion of the box is veneered in maple.

The hinges are SOSS invisible hinges which are a pain in the butt to install, but look nice after it's all finished.

I also included 2 pieces of 5/8" and one piece of 1/4" Birds Eye maple. All of which came from the same 8/4 piece, so it's all able to be bookmatched.

Unfortunately, I had some problem with the original lacquer finish. It never got past the tacky stage, so I had to scrape and sand it off. This resulted in some of the veneer being sanded through. There wasn't enough time to fix it, so I put a few coats of Danish oil on it and had to send it out.

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Nice box Jeff. The marquetry is coming along well.
The Cherry "water" looks good and the lighthouse is great.
I sail past Patos every July when I go to the small boat rendezvous at Sucia .
Beautiful area.
 

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Thanks, Shane.

Thanks Paul. It's coming. Still not up to where I'd like to be, but I also don't have a Chevy yet, either. If all goes to plan, I may be able to sail up there with you for 2016 (though on a boat about 10' shorter). My goal is to start building my boat winter 2015/2016. I've already pretty much decided on a design, so at this point it's research and saving up for materials.
 

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Absolutely beautiful
 

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Very nice work Jeff. I like the whole picture, but I think the veneer for the water was a particularly good choice.
 

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Nice work, Jmart. Came out great.
 

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Thanks Hoss, Mike, and Todd.

Certainly could be better, but I'm happy with it overall.
 

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What can I say. I am really proud to be the recipient of this beautiful box! I hope I get to keep it as my Wife has fell in love with it. Absolutely a work of art! Jeff, thanks for the box and all the gifts. I have never worked with fine wood like this and really look forward to it. Wonderful work! Also thanks for sponsoring the box swap. I really had a good time and enjoyed it. Like someone said, Christmas in October!
 

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Came out beautiful…if you have to strip like that again, try not to scrape it…try just a little lacquer thinner and steel wool…should clean it off just fine…then very fine (like 400 grit) sandpaper after that…should be fine…:D
 

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Came out beautiful…if you have to strip like that again, try not to scrape it…try just a little lacquer thinner and steel wool…should clean it off just fine…then very fine (like 400 grit) sandpaper after that…should be fine…:D

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Yeah, that's what I did to get the majority off. It still required some sanding though. Those areas were already a bit thin since they were proud of the trim originally before leveling. Oh well, live and learn.
 

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Bummer…sanding veneer is always tricky…I try to avoid it, but I guess doing marquetry puts you right in the mix sometimes…LOL
 

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Beautiful marquetry, Jmartel!
 
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