Walnut Bread Box with Marquetry #2: Two Wooden Loafs ... Or Is It Loaves?

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Blog entry by Harriman posted 04-05-2014 03:34 AM 2465 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Let us break bread together ... Part 2 of Walnut Bread Box with Marquetry series Part 3: Putting the bread in the oven, so to speak »

Today, I was able to pretty much finish the two marquetry designs for my Walnut bread boxes.

One loaf

Two loafs

Well, they’re almost finished. I plan to drop in the knife blades after I have the design inlaid into my Maple panel. If I knew more about what I was doing, I could probably cut it in all at once (see suggestion below). But I like to leave the marquetry proud of the surface and flatten the design with a router after it’s glued in. Since this can remove up to 1/32”, I’d probably cut through the manufactured Tiger Maple veneer.

I took a couple of process pictures to show how I gradually add to the picture, one piece at a time, taping them together with paper tape:

Next, I’ll tackle my pile of rough sawn Walnut. The tree that supplied the wood was pretty small, so there are lots of knots to cut around. For now, I’m going to go make a sandwich. Looking at that bread is making me hungry!

-- Lucas, Davie, FL –

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 04:35 AM

Looking good. Are you planning any shading?

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

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 08:34 AM

Looks great and I like the very appropriate marquetry motif for your bread boxes. I’m having trouble getting my mind around the fact that the are not actually 3 dimensional!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 09:58 PM

Look’n great so far! Can’t wait for the next installment!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 10:48 PM

Although I’ve used shading with hot sand in the past, I recently gave it up, Shipwright. I would have my pieces just right and then when I tried to shade them, they shrunk on me!!! What am I doing wrong? I had a chance to spend a little time looking over your blog, and you obviously know what you’re doing. Beautiful stuff! I am pretty much learning as I go by trial and error, so any help would be appreciated.

-- Lucas, Davie, FL –

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#5 posted 04-06-2014 12:31 AM

Shrinkage depends on a lot of things like temp of the sand, how long the piece is in the sand, species, thickness and so on. Trial and error will get you a long way. If you do get shrinkage you can moisten the shaded pieces by patting them with wet fingers. That will often bring the shape / size back.
Don’t abandon shading. It is half of the game. It gives depth and drama to pieces that otherwise would be plain. I don’t think this loaf of bread really needs shading though. As Mike says it looks quite 3D already.

Nice work.

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

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#6 posted 04-06-2014 03:58 AM

Looks very good, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 04-09-2014 06:03 PM

Good looking stuff.
Marquetry opens up a whole new world for creativity.
I am anxiously waiting for more updates.

-- To see samples of my work, please visit

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