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Blog series by Patricelejeune updated 09-20-2014 12:46 AM 13 parts 15814 reads 104 comments total

Part 1: Cutting Paper and preparing Marquetry Packs

07-23-2013 06:11 PM by Patricelejeune | 10 comments »

Some of new have seen our new project on other posts. We had a pretty good success with our first series, the 4 copies were sold in a year. We are going to revisit this box sold at Christie’s if my memory is good.The picture quality is not great, but we enjoyed the composition and decided to use it as a ground for our new design. The design has been finished for couple weeks now, and for the past couple days we have been working on preparing for marquetry cutting. As I ...

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Part 2: First marquetry picture

07-25-2013 10:03 PM by Patricelejeune | 2 comments »

The first panel is the inside of the box so Patrick can start building the box Warming up, I feel the age, I think I need glasses. First picture on the tray Next, the inside of the lid, as they are in the same style, then shading and put those to together.

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Part 3: 2nd Marquetry Panel Cut

07-31-2013 12:55 AM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

I just finished cutting the second inside panel for this treasure box series #2. This is for the inside of the lid. Some of the pieces are a bit small, I have a tendency to go to far… It is cut on the marquetry chevalet. The piece by piece process require to be precise The pieces are laid out in √©clat√© according to their final position I really like those detail pictures The 2 panels are done cutting, ready for shading in hot sand ...

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Part 4: Hot Sand Shading of the 2 inside panels

08-01-2013 05:56 PM by Patricelejeune | 11 comments »

It is time to do shading on those 2 first panels. The first thing I do is put the sand to heat. We have a cast iron pan on a 1500W hot plate containing about 2 inches of very fine sand. Second thing I do the shading map. When I do it home at night, while watching TV I do get a little more artistic like for the Treasure box series #1 Here I did it at work and was more practical The main action in shading is diping Depending on the species of the wood and t...

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Part 5: Incrustation of marquetry on the assembly board

08-09-2013 06:33 PM by Patricelejeune | 7 comments »

It has been a while since I shared the progress on our box. So here it is Previously on Box series #2 I have cut all my pieces for the 2 inside panel of the box And shaded them For todays episode, there is first the background cutting. It starts with glueing the design on the packs. The packs are a backer-board 3mm thick, grease paper, 4 layers of bloodwood sawn veneer, a front board and the design on top. The background is cut on the chevalet Like ...

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Part 6: Sawing and Dying Veneer

08-21-2013 06:33 PM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

For our best pieces, we use sawn veneer. It is usually 10 time as expensive as sliced, but it is a better quality product. When the veneer is sliced, it is often steamed or heated and the shearing of the knife damage the structure of the wood. When the veneer is sawn, it is just like solid wood, just thinner. Patrick Edwards did a good blog entry on sawn veneer with a video of one of the last veneer sawing comapny, near Paris, Georges et Fils. To read the article it is here. An...

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Part 7: Building the boxes and cutting marquetry

12-20-2013 11:16 PM by Patricelejeune | 9 comments »

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 experim...

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Part 8: More cutting

01-07-2014 10:49 PM by Patricelejeune | 9 comments »

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....

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Part 9: All corners of the top cut out

02-05-2014 06:47 PM by Patricelejeune | 9 comments »

Finally all the corner of the top are cut out. Next, the bird I already glued the papers on the marquetry pack and am ready to got it Suite soon.

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Part 10: Finished cutting for now.

03-18-2014 10:57 PM by Patricelejeune | 6 comments »

I have finally spent the time to finish cutting all the pieces for the boxes except for the green bone for which I am still experimenting. But it seems to come along, so news soon on that matter. Here is the picture of the top of the box, it shows in green what is left to cut once I am happy with the green. I finished to cut the central part with the bird and the bone jasmine flowers And the “staples” scrolls which links the central elements to the outside composi...

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Part 11: Sand Shading

05-23-2014 04:58 PM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

I has been a while and I thought I could give an update on this project. We are preparing the class room for june, which means cleaning the space we use between the classes as our marquetry and french polish workshop. I am finishing shading before to put the project on the side for those reason. I use the sand shading method and mostly dipping considering the number of pieces. I usually do one or 2 flowers at a time and dip a series of 2 or 3 pieces, sometime 4 which gives me ...

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Part 12: Sides Marquetry incrustation

08-28-2014 10:20 PM by Patricelejeune | 12 comments »

I have been back full time on our boxes for over a week now so I have some progress to report. I have been selecting veneer out of our veneer cellar for the ebony background. From the experience of the previous series I paperbacked the ebony as it is a very brittle wood. Better be safe than sorry Then built the packs in 4 layers without forgetting the grease paper, one of my specialty in the mistake department. Teaching marquetry has been a great help as by reminding the stud...

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Part 13: Top incrustation

09-20-2014 12:46 AM by Patricelejeune | 17 comments »

As promised some news on the marquetry top for the treasure box series #2 The challenge here is to insert the oval white bone inlay first then cut the rest of the background repositioning the pack perfectly as some of the marquetry looks like it moves in front and in the back of those bones. I first build the pack with 4 layers of paperbacked ebony sawn veneer I used a idea of mine and an idea from Patrick to locate perfectly the veneer with the 2 drawings that had to be used...

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