Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #7: Building the boxes and cutting marquetry

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 12-20-2013 11:16 PM 2070 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Sawing and Dying Veneer Part 7 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 8: More cutting »

Some of you reminded me I should keep updating this blog on those treasure boxes.

I had to look where I left it last time.

So since then I started working on the box itself.

I veneered, the inside bird and the inside of the box. The full blind dovetails where already made by Patrick Edwards.

I want to have the inside done before veneering the marquetry on the sides. I started anyway on those sides. I cut every pieces for three of them, except the greens as we are still experimenting on turning the bone veneer green.

Next one to do alongside with the green pieces

We have laid again the veneer packs and Patrick is ready to choose the palette for the top.

Suite au prochain ├ępisode…

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 11:56 PM

I guess you forgot, you were going to do a video of ‘How to” cut the dove tails. Nice work Patrice.

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 12:04 AM

Yes I did forget that part. But I will do a putting together a marquetry panel time lapse video.
Next box, I’ll try to remember!!
Here is a post on Patrick’s blog that will have to do in the meantime

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 12:45 AM

Thanks for the update Patrice. I’ve just been reading Patrick’s blog on full blind dovetails among a few others and I am going to give them a try very soon. It seems to be the best way to assemble this kind of work to leave no end grain to telegraph through the veneer and to allow veneering and finishing of the interior before assembly.

I won’t be rivalling your work but I do plan to make a box of some kind with marquetry on all sides this year.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 02:15 AM

Not only is the project incredible, but the workspace is quite impressive!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 05:54 AM


I used to like putting together jigsaw puzzles—the more pieces, the better the challenge. But if you gave me all those pieces with the pattern, I don’t think I could even assemble them! And to think that assembling them is only a small part of what you two accomplish!

We really enjoy and appreciate seeing all the steps of your work.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 10:27 AM

Looks like fun Patrice. A lot of pieces to cut and assemble. I like the way the work is organized so you can leave it when you want and still keep everything in order until you come back to it. I will try to use some of these good practices when I start up my marquetry work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 04:50 PM

Really enjoy seeing your work. Thanks for taking the time to post the info. and pictures.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 11:22 PM

Thank you Patrice, your a good guy.

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#9 posted 12-23-2013 06:41 PM

Thanks again guys for your kind comments.

shipwright, Paul, you are right about the blind dovetails being the best solutions or at least any joints inside the mitter joints. Your comment on telegraph made me realize something, when we think blind dovetail for the boxes it is true we think about telegraph, but at that time, the veneer being 3mm thick, they where certainly more thinking about veneer getting unglued under pressure than breaking or telegraphing. Now with our thin veneer, we can only think telegraphing, which brings the same solution. Thought that was interesting.
And, we did not invented the marquetry boxes, so, the only thing that is copyrighted are our designs (if only my father could understand that, plagiarist! lol, but not to much).

mmh, yes, our space is pretty cool. We work on the school space when we are not teaching. It is a nice vast and clean bright area that we try to not mess up to much between to classes!

lightweightladylefty, I used to like puzzle, I only had 2 or 3 so I was redoing them often… There is more step in marquetry, this is true, but in fact putting a marquetry together is almost easier than a puzzle as the pieces are delimited by colors so they are somewhat easier to locate, something like puzzle by number. I did a small video on putting together one of the inside marquetry panel, I think it is on the previous post.

stefang, the way we learn marquetry is that any one in the workshop can come and take over the work and you can stop, as you say, for a while, and understand at a glance where you left the project when you come back to it. The way we describe it is if one of us drop dead, the other one can finish the job. It is also very important to keep a routine that helps to make progress as you are not fighting with your organization but only with the difficulties and challenges of the project.

-- Patrice lejeune

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