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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #1: Cutting Paper and preparing Marquetry Packs

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 267 days ago 2037 reads 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some of new have seen our new project on other posts. We had a pretty good success with our first series, the 4 copies were sold in a year.

We are going to revisit this box sold at Christie’s if my memory is good.
The picture quality is not great, but we enjoyed the composition and decided to use it as a ground for our new design.

The design has been finished for couple weeks now, and for the past couple days we have been working on preparing for marquetry cutting.

As I am using piece by piece technique in order to end up with 4 copies, after the drawing are completed I start cutting each individual piece on paper, as pattern for cutting.

Each cut pieces are placed according to position on a tray

And each tray is dedicated to a panel for the box

The top part is a little too complicated and too big to set in one tray

So I divided it in 3 trays, the inside cartouche with the bird

The oval scrolls and acanthus

Then the corners that i need to cut

When I am done cutting those las papers, I will start cutting real marquetry, as Patrick Edwards in the meantime has been preparing the palette of color, with sawn veneers.

The first picture to cut is the inside panel so Patrick can start building the box

The numbers are the chosen veneers positions, and the paper patterns are glued on those packs

The packs are secured by riveting nails in between pieces

Lets go cut something!!!!!

Cheers

-- Patrice lejeune



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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#1 posted 267 days ago

Very cool. Can’t wait for the next post. This is very informative.

-- Dale, Ohio

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tinnman65

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#2 posted 267 days ago

Very interesting Patrice, I can’t wait to see the next post.

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

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sandhill

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#3 posted 267 days ago

Hey how about sending me the pattern? LOL

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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John

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#4 posted 266 days ago

Patrice,

Thank you for documenting your marquetry work, It’s very inspiring. I hope to try my hand at some of this one day.

John

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#5 posted 260 days ago

Hey Patrice, Great blog series…I feel like I am right there with you in Stage 2 again seeing these pics.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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niccc995

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#6 posted 240 days ago

Im curious ,what the commission on this project is ,4 or 5 zero’s . Are you at 200man or women hr’s or will this be 500 plus. I admire those commissions , be blessed.

-- nick brown , nbcabinetmaker@aol.com

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Patricelejeune

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#7 posted 239 days ago

Thanks for the comments. Patrick made me put a copyright on the patterns for the box.

The previous box was a 200 hour each project, 800 total. I am affraid that one is more on the 300 hours side, but we did presell the 2 first a 200…

So it is definitely on the 4 zero’s side, mainly because we use piece by piece and do 4 copies, it reduces part of the cost on our end, but it is not a unique piece, there is 4 of them, so not as “valuable” to client’s eyes.

Cheers

-- Patrice lejeune

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Margerydb1

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#8 posted 239 days ago

how thick is the veneer you are using? looks kind of thick. Can’t wait for the next blog. This is very interesting. I’ve wanted to try this for a long time but haven’t understood it well enough to try. Thank you for sharing

-- Margery

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stefang

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#9 posted 239 days ago

Great blog and a good learning experience Patrice. Thanks for sharing this with us. I like the idea of cutting out the individual pattern pieces which allows for getting the proper grain directions and I also imagine that it can also result in using the veneers with a minimum of waste. The box is an amazing piece of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Patricelejeune

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#10 posted 238 days ago

The veneer is 1/16”, and yes, piece by piece, allow to do multiple copies, save a bit in veneer, and each pieces can be place exactly where you want to select grain directions or characteristics.

-- Patrice lejeune

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