Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #15: Inside of the box "Frisage" (parquetry)

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 12-11-2014 10:18 PM 2107 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After almost a month away in Europe, London and France, I am back and working on the boxes again. It was really nice to go back home as I haven’t been able to do so for 4 years. It was also nice to be back, through away the jacket and sweater, an put on the flip flops.

Well, regarding the boxes.

When I came back I put the already cut bone leaves in green dye

and while waiting to feel up the holes in the marquetry,

I started working on the inside of the boxes. The marquetry were already cut for a while now

Veneered, and the boxes framed with full blind dovetails and veneered on the inside, all with Old Brown Glue

I build the partitions out of solid bloodwood

Mortise and dado on the inside of the boxes and cut the inside panel to size.

We were going to do the inside all bloodwood, but while fooling around in the veneer room, I found a really nice flitch of tulip cut in the late 19th century and we decided to use it. Everything veneered with liquid hide glue.

I also started to build the lid frisage (parquetry) without the bloodwood framing that I reserve for last to hit the corner at the right spot.

Here is the glue side so we can see the effect better

I can tell you, when you work on something interesting like that, it is nice to be back from vacation.

Next, green bone incrustation and veneering of the boxes sides.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 10:57 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 11:00 PM

That last picture made me go all “OMG”, french style – I’ll let you guess the cussword that flew out of my mouth…
I was lucky enough to buy a thin board of similar quality tulipwood from the George brothers, that last shot is a perfect example of what other colors to associate it to!

Completely amazed I am.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 12:45 AM

I love seeing your work, thanks for the pictures they are worth a thousand words. Interesting to see how you will merge the bone with wood veneer.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 01:25 AM

Outstanding work …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 12-12-2014 01:33 AM

Thank you guys!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#6 posted 12-12-2014 02:17 AM

That is looking just great Patrice.
Thanks for posting and keeping us up to date.

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

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#7 posted 12-12-2014 04:19 AM


That really takes my breath away! Glad you’re back to share with us.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 12-12-2014 09:38 AM

Inspiring work Patrick and I love the Tulipwood. A great choice with the other woods used.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-12-2014 03:12 PM

Beautiful work. Could you explain more about using bone? What kind of bones? Does the dye penetrate deep enough into the bone that it does not loose its color if sanded? Thanks for sharing.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 12-12-2014 04:59 PM

Thanks again for your kind comments.

Regarding the bones, they are cow bones processed in France. There is more detail on the previous posts on this subject, but roughly yes the problem is to get the dye all the way through, I haven’t found the secret of the old recipes, but we managed to find a dye that has small enough particles that it penetrates all the way.
I will share more on this on the next post if I do not forget!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#11 posted 12-12-2014 10:15 PM

This is going to be beautiful Patrice, thanks for sharing.

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

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