Last time I posted I had glued down the boxes bodies with the inside already french polished
I worked on gluing the marquetry panels to the trimmed to size lid
My favorite moment is when you see it glued down right way up for the first time, it appears slowly while you remove the paper
This glueing of the marquetry on both side had to be precise has they had to be perfectly centered as well as the right way up as when you open the box
the owner will appreciate to get the inside bird the right way up.
Patrick and I were slightly stress over that eventuality. But nothing of the sort.
The other part of last weeks work was to create the hidden tray from blood-wood
Made to fit each box and numbered, with a the space in the back for the mechanism that Patrick and I decided on to release it. More on it in couple weeks.
There is also a recess to receive a gilt leather to make a real nice writing surface
Another part that I had to prepare was the base on which the tray will slide and the mechanism will be fixed. It is also a good way to old the small ebony bid we wanted as a base for the boxes
Last but not least was the preparation of all the banding for the marquetry.
Like the center oval it will be composed of 2 white bone and one ebony purflings
This means a bunch of ebony string inlay needs to be cut
As wells as ebony bands
To combine them. Each bone purflings has to be butted cleanly to the next one to hide as well as possible the joints on this super white material. Here is only the banding for the small sides
Here is to give an idea of the effect
Next time, all the banding will be glued and we will have the real effect with everything in place ready for installation of hardware and mechanism as well as finish.
Thank you for following!
-- Patrice lejeune