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I made this box for an artist friend because she wanted the box I had made before this but she waited to long. She was at the Art Center when I got it done, so I took itt up there and gave her first chance; she couldn't get her check book out fast enough.

I had seen a box shaped like this in Wood magazine and thought it would look good for this one. The box is made from QS sycamore, which is one of my favorites. The veneers I used for the flowers is all natural except the green and blue. The polyphyemus silkworm moth is all natural except the orange, black and blue.

The box size is 12 7/16"w X 9 7/8"d X 3 1/2h, the marquetry panel is 9 1/4" X 6 5/8".

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A very beautiful box and exquisite marquetry work. Fantastic work on this Don. You have every reason to be extremely proud of it.
 

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Beautiful box, and first-rate marquetry! No wonder she loves it!
 

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Very pretty box and very nicely done marquetry.
Are you cutting the marquetry with a knife or saw?
If by saw, which method?
Sorry about all the questions. :)
 

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Beautiful box, design original,compliments.
 

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Thank you everyone for the comments

Paul, I use a knife, called the window method. I learned it from a book called "The Marquetry Manual" by William Lincoln. In the book he describes several methods and how to do each one. Since I didn't have any of the saws he talked about that, left me with the knife. He said it was a slower process, but I've never been accused of being in a hurry, so that was just fine with me. I have tried using the scroll saw but I need a lot more practice. I like putting in the small details that I don't think you could do with the saw. I just had a thought; he didn't say you couldn't use two methods on a project.

I don't mind questions.
 

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That marquetry is fantastic and the box looks great. My marquetry attempts have not come out nearly as nice, amazing you did it all with a knife. Is the window method where you make the field cutout first then place it over a matching piece and cut it to fit?
 

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I too have tried the scroll saw but decided that it would take me too long to become proficient with it. I now use a chevalet and love the control it gives me over the smallest parts. That said, some of my greatest inspirations (prometej065 for instance) are knife cutters,
 

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It's a beauty,you have my congratulations.
 

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Very beautiful box! I like everything about it. Great job!
 

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Beautiful box! Love the design - Columbine is one of my garden favorites and I remember collecting the cocoons of those moths as kid and watching them hatch. What are you using to get the red, blue, yellow, and green colors?

Thanks for sharing, Happy July 4th!
 

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Beatiful. Love it
 

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Well done! I really like that box design! It works really well for highlighting the marquetry. Great job with the design of the motif as well.
 

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Again, thank you everyone for the compliments, I appreciate them especially from other woodworkers.

Allen, It is the window method that I use. If you can find it a good book for learning this method is "The Marquetry Manual" by William A. Lincoln. He devotes a full chapter on this method.

Paul, I have looked at your chevalet before and I just tried to look at the google sketch up but it would not open. It said the plans needed to be upgraded to the new version or something like that. I tried the link for your knife cutting piece but it took me to someone else's project. I looked at your gallery again but could not tell which one you were talking about. I've been admiring your work since I became a member of LJs.

Leafherder, Here is a list of all the veneers I used:
Marquetry:

Background - walnut burl
Stems and leaves - dyed green veneer

Flowers -
red and light yellow - red heart and yellow heart - Brazil
blue and white - dyed blue and holly - USA
falling orange petals - pernambuco - Brazil
bright yellow and white - barberry and holly - USA

Moth -
bar across top and under black bars - okoume - Africa
mane - honduras mahogany - Honduras
bottom of wings - myrtle burl - California
black, yellow, blue and orange - dyed veneers
the rest of them are unknown to me
 
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