Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #21: Banding - Mechanism - Hardware

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 07-07-2015 08:05 PM 1272 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings Part 21 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 22: French polishing »


I had to stop working on the boxes for 2 weeks as we had classes here at the American School of French Marquetry. Great group

But I am back to work on them now.

First of all, all the banding is done.
They are composed on 2 bone and an ebony string inlay plus an ebony band.

The edges of the top are veneered with ebony first

Then I cut with a veneer saw the inside marquetry to size and instal the banding

The same is done for the sides

It is a bit tricky for the side with the tray so I did a little memory aid to not screw it up

The result is pretty good, it does not show much and is pretty discreet, which is nice for a secret mechanism.

Then I sanded the tray face and the tray edge together so we can adjust the mechanism to hold the tray at the right spot



The inside of the lid is sanded until all marks from the sawing of the veneer disappears and level to the box. Then the hardware is installed

To level the bone banding this type of rasp-file seems to work the best

It is amazing how different it looks with the banding on

So, in the meantime Patrick has worked on the mechanism.

We had Aaron Radelow mill the spring catch

The inside has a hinged part

So we have coil springs that are here to support it and keep it flush

When you press on it

It lowers the plunger and lower the spring catch

Releasing the hook from the tray catch

Releasing the tray that is push out by the side action springs

If my explanation on the mechanism is not clear, we may do a video to explain it later on. Let me know!

All right! Now back to work!

Next time sanding and finishing!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 09:05 PM

It’s a pleasure to see these boxes coming together after all the painstaking work that’s gone into them thus far. The hidden tray is a delightful surprise. The hidden mechanism is among the nicest I’ve ever encountered… and I’ve looked at a lot of boxes. My compliments once again to you both.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 09:18 PM

What kind of bone do you use and where do you get it? Will the bone yellow with time. Fabulous project.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 07-07-2015 09:34 PM

Excellent Patrice, to perfection!
Indeed it would be interesting to look at the video!


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#4 posted 07-07-2015 10:07 PM

Beau travail !

-- Luke,

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 11:12 PM

Thank you!

We use cow bone that is milled by a french company called Delaruelle.

I will try to remember to do that video.

Merci Luke! A bientot je crois!!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 11:58 PM

So perfect Patrice!
The banding really does set it off beautifully although that big rasp really looks scary.
We who have had the opportunity to learn from you both are very lucky indeed.
Thanks for posting this and for all you do.

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

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 12:49 AM

Amazing work Patrice. Thanks again for sharing.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 01:28 AM

Wow, you do beautiful work!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 01:45 AM

Fantastic stuff.
Always look forward to seeing your work.


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#10 posted 07-08-2015 04:16 AM

Bonnes photos – merci! Je vais vous en Octobre!

-- Luke,

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#11 posted 07-08-2015 04:37 PM

One word : WOW!!!

-- Filip Le Marqueteur

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#12 posted 07-08-2015 04:46 PM

Not perfect Paul, trust me…

Thank you everyone

Filip I am waiting for your next post on your Boulle work. Wishing you the best.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#13 posted 07-08-2015 09:54 PM

Beautiful work Patrice, you can count me as one who would enjoy a video on the mechanism. It has nothing to do with your explanation it would just be great to watch.

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

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#14 posted 07-08-2015 10:02 PM

Haven’t I already seen a video on the (prototype) mechanism Patrice?

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

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#15 posted 07-09-2015 05:48 PM


All the details of these Treasure Boxes are incredible. I love secret compartments and this one is excellent—so well hidden and such clever access. You’re definitely on the home stretch now!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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