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Finished this eyeglass storage box today for my wife who has a very large collection of reading glasses that often get lost. The project is veneered and incorporates marquetry. The box is lined and has dividers and a sliding tray for storage.

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The response to the box has been remarkable and I really appreciate everyone's interest. I thought I would add some additional details here since there have been a lot of questions.

The box is constructed of veneered plywood and the veneer was applied using a vacuum press. I have also done this using hide glue but find (and I might be alone in this) that it was difficult to press the marquetry panel cleanly using that approach. Maybe I just need more practice with the hammered veneer approach for marquetry. I also find that the cleanup after the glue sets was more challenging than I expected due to the rigidity of the glue. I realize this is counter to the usual teaching but I just find I get more reliable results with marquetry using cold press glue and a vacuum press. Hammer veneering normal sheets of veneer is no problem but the marquetry moved around a bit too much. I know that Patrick Edwards has this slick technique using hide glue substrates on some special European non-waxed butcher type paper but I have not tried that myself. Cool stuff though and worth a look if you are interested.

The hummingbird design is NOT my own original drawing although I did execute it completely in marquetry. I purchased the drawing pattern from Vincent Doan (https://amazoncanvas.com/patterns.php?catid=19&kitcnt=1) - he sells several patterns in various forms of licensing. The patterns come as illustrator files that can be manipulated easily, scaled, printed for cutting, etc.

The quadrant hinges were done using a router and a chisel with the assistance of the Rockler hinge mortise jig mentioned in the comments. The lining is a blue/purple soft material whose name I don't know (I think its probably close cropped blue Yeti fur or something…). The dividers are just grooved 1/8" cherry that fit together snugly and are removable. The sliding tray (also lined with yeti fur) slides across the dividers smoothly due to the lining.

The box holds 8 pairs of reading glasses as well as whatever you want to put in the tray. Can be easily repurposed with a custom divider to hold watches, other jewelry, etc.

Thanks again for all the interest!

Rick

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Nice work, like the Hummingbird detail. What are the woods used in the veneers?

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Very Nice Work & Well Done Richard!

Rick
 

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Stunning! One of these days, I'd like to learn marquetry.
 

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A beautiful and useful box project! I'm sure she'll get a lot of enjoyment using it!
 

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Great box and beautiful marquetry. Outstanding project and nice workmanship.
 

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beautiful marquetry … wonderful little hum dinger … GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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Fantastic work!! I need something for mine, maybe not this fancy though. LOL
 

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Really nice work, oustanding project!
 

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Very pretty box, really like the inlay/marquetry it looks perfect and very artist. The quadrant hinges add a great deal to the box too. Were they hard to install? Does it take a great deal of skill? They look just great, the box ever all has a very elegant look to it. Your wife's glasses have found a beautiful home. Thanks for inspiring
 

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Marquetry looks fantastic!
 

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Just amazing. The artistic touch is wonderful!
 

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This is a very pretty piece.

Amazing how tight the marquetry is.
 

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Thanks everyone for the kind and thoughtful comments! This kind of feedback and interest keeps us all pushing ourselves as woodworkers. Most appreciated.
 

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therealSteveN,

There are quite a few different woods used in the marquetry portion. All are natural except the green (dyed pear, I think) and white (bleached maple).

Rick
 

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Joe,

To install the quadrant hinges, I used a jig from Rocker which makes the process relatively easy and foolproof. Its a very useful jig that can be used for multiple hinges:

http://www.rockler.com/jig-it-hinge-mortising-system?sid=V9197?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv5WV6f2H3AIVF57ACh0XnQr2EAQYAyABEgJEUfD_BwE

On the other hand, it wouldn't be difficult to construct a shop-made jig to do the same thing from mdf. For the latch, I just make a custom MDF jig with a fence and rout out the recess for the latch which is epoxied in place.

Rick
 

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Thanks Rick, I sure appreciate the help. Your box is fantastic. I'll look into the Rockler jig. Thanks for inspiring
 

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Great box Richard, but that humming bird design and implementation is astounding! The detail and wood selection are perfect, right down to the curled feet!
 

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Wow! This box is so nicely done and shows a lot of outstanding details and craftsmanship. Congratulations!
 
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