Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #8: More cutting

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 01-07-2014 10:49 PM 1355 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Building the boxes and cutting marquetry Part 8 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 9: All corners of the top cut out »

I have finally cut all the side of our treasure box #2.

I have now started the top and finally decided I should consult.

Why did I draw so many small pieces. Now I have to cut them…

I have cut the top left corner. I am doing the cutting in stages as there is a very similar acanthus on each corner.

I am now currently cutting the top right corner with the aid of Gigi the shop’s cat.

Ans as usual some close up shot, as I just love them and hopefully you to.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 11:29 PM

Wow Patrice, nice. How often does Gigi knock over your work? You know while I have your attention can you tell me why my veneers curled like potato chips today when I was putting together my motif using Old Brown glue?

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 12:07 AM

I am not quiet sure what you are talking about.
Putting your motif together sounds for me if you were assembling your marquetry on the assembly board using OBG. You need to use hot hide glue for that, like in class.

If it is when veneering it on a piece of furniture, any glue that has a moisture content applied on thin veneer will make it curl. Tape it done and press it.

Gigi is pretty good at not playing with our stuff. She walked only once through my tray and it was while putting together my Georgy.

She slalomed in there without touching any. We just put her on the floor each time we do marquetry and now she knows that we do not like her around while doing marquetry or french polish. But I put a cushion on the table near my Chevy and she sleeps there while I cut.
We just cover or put away our trays at night so she doesn’t sleep in them.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 12:39 AM

Oh, those thick veneers look good Patrice.
I’m still working up the courage to cut into mine.
I just don’t want to use them until I have something special to work on.
Your work is of course an inspiration. It’s seeing cutting like this that keeps the rest of us plugging away.
Thanks for all you do my friend.
A bientôt.

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

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 01:35 AM

It is so much nicer to cut sawn veneer.
You just need to find the right project that screams, this is for sawn veneer, you will dig in it without hesitation.
I start to need optivisor, so, I think I gona have to draw bigger pieces next time!
Thanks all for helping in the promotion of marquetry and especially the french way with the chevalet.


-- Patrice lejeune

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 07:10 AM


This is so exciting to watch! I wish I had the eyes to do something so tiny. Keep up your detailed work while you are still young so we can enjoy the results.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 02:35 PM

Fantastic pictures Patrice, I had to laugh when you wrote “We just cover or put away our trays at night so she doesn’t sleep in them.” I always say I’ve never seen a box my cat won’t jump in . I would be a nervous wreck with my cat around all those little pieces!

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

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 06:24 PM

Thank you

Yes she is pretty cool as a shop cat. We only had one problem on 5 years we had her, a nice scratch on a french polish, but we just learned to not put a piece at that exact place as it is were she jump to the tiny metal rail, and put the pieces vertical at night to avoid foot print. But that’s about it. I will be nervous with my home cat though ;)

-- Patrice lejeune

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#8 posted 02-08-2014 01:02 AM

Hey Patrice those pictures are pretty awesome of the cut marquetry in the tray! The class pictures bring back many fond memories! Hey that was just about a year ago now! Man how time flies!

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

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#9 posted 02-08-2014 07:01 PM

I love those close up pictures of marquetry pieces, especially because of the blue background I guess.

Couple more class picture for ya mate, my treat


Making assembly board

Cleaning up your projects


Putting together first piece by piece exercise

Cutting second piece by piece exercise

And assembling it

-- Patrice lejeune

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