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Treasure Box III - Post #4: Cutting Marquetry

09-29-2018 01:55 AM by Patricelejeune | 8 comments »

So with a bit of tardiness here is an “account” on cutting the marquetry panels our Treasure Box III As you know, I now do my marquetry in LA with a reduced but sweet set up. On a piece by piece project the drawing is paramount to the final quality of your marquetry. No change can be made afterwards so I usually work my drawing until Patrick and Kristen pry me away from it. Once this first stage is complete. We usualy have a good idea of what wood will be used where b...

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Marquetry School #11: This session is different!

09-16-2018 12:54 AM by shipwright | 10 comments »

I haven’t posted on this blog for a while because as the classes pass it’s really just more of the same but this fall’s classes have a little something different. Long time LJ buddy Peter Marcucci (woodbridge) has crossed the country to attend and is a star student. I’ve been looking forward to this for a few years now and we’re making the most of it. Only two students for level one and three for level two next week so I have time to spend with them all. There is somethin...

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Treasure Box III - Post #3: New Marquetry Workshop

09-13-2018 11:23 PM by Patricelejeune | 3 comments »

One of the reason it has been difficult to keep this blog updated is that my life has slightly changed in the past months. My wife is now manager of a 19th century french painting gallery in LA.For years she has been living between LA and San Diego for her research and work, we have to switch and I am now the traveling spouse. For this reason one part of the workshop that I can easily bring with me is the marquetry workshop. I had my chevalet in my first apartment living room in France,...

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Treasure Box III - Post #2: Inspiration

09-13-2018 10:43 PM by Patricelejeune | 4 comments »

I have been pretty busy working without much time for updating my blog. Like many cabinet maker I have a special love affair with a particular piece of furniture. Couple of pieces in fact, but one of them is a coffer attributed to Andre-Charles Boulle at the J.P. Getty museum. I always wanted to do a copy of it, I still will but we decided that our Treasure Box III was going to be inspired by it. The original coffer is a “simple” box with a lid, but as we like, in our...

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Oeben Boxes #5: Box #1 Finally Glued Up

09-08-2017 12:44 AM by shipwright | 31 comments »

There were lots of details to see to before the actual glue up could take place but at last it is done. I needed to get a preliminary shaping done on the corner transitions, install some tray rails, fit the hinge parts, and prefinish everything.Here are some pictures of the various processes. Then, at last the glue-up was done and I could do some final shaping on the corner transitions, add the top trim, and get my first real look at what I had. ...

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Marquetry School #10: Spring 2017 Classes underway

06-11-2017 05:22 AM by shipwright | 16 comments »

First of all, last fall we left for Europe about two days after classes ended so I didn’t post any photos. Here are a few to catch up. This is Jim who was taking level one and two. I started him on the Monday and had a couple of days alone with him to get him started before the others came on Wednesday to do level three, the piece by piece class. On Wednesday, Karen and Kendra showed up and we got started on level three. I’m glad there were only three as teaching two...

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Oeben Boxes #2: Shading and Border Assembly

03-22-2017 11:44 PM by shipwright | 26 comments »

In the first segment I covered a few months work to the point of assembled top marquetry. Things will slow down dramatically now as you will be up to date with my progress. Usually all the shading is done after cutting but this piece has a little twist. I noticed when I studied the high resolution representation of the original appearance that the feature Tulip and several other flowers actually used subtly different veneers to imply light and shadow. A closer examination of the article in...

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Oeben Boxes #1: Getting the top marquetry done

03-18-2017 06:04 AM by shipwright | 40 comments »

My latest project will be a set of four boxes that may be used for collectables, silverware, or jewellery. They will feature the marquetry tops and parquetry sides of an iconic Jean François Oeben mechanical table. Because I am cutting the marquetry in piece by piece technique, I will be getting four identical copies. All the veneer is 1/16” (1.5 mm) and is either shop sawn or from my Paris stock. As I have detailed this process before, I will move quickly through the steps covered s...

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Plywood Chevalet #6: The Cruising Chevy Finds a Home

08-27-2016 11:51 PM by shipwright | 12 comments »

A couple of weeks ago I delivered the first plywood chevalet kit to a cruise ship that was visiting Victoria. It took a short cruise to Seattle and then headed out to its new home in Northern California. Well it is now ready for its official debut on LJ.David and Linda, the new owners, have done a fine job of assembling and finishing her with shellac and wipe-on poly. I think she looks just great showing off her 65 ply column. Congrats on a great job! Maybe you don’t have to hid...

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Plywood Chevalet #5: CNC Kits are Ready to Go

08-25-2016 12:42 AM by shipwright | 21 comments »

It’s been a quite a long haul getting all the bugs worked out but the first CNC cut chevy was delivered yesterday and the next three are ready to go. The plan here was to give my students an affordable choice to custom made hardwood “fine furniture” or alternatively an easier home build. I am pleased with the results and I am sure that this will lead to more people experiencing this tool and the fine work that it can do. I have built in arm height adjustment over a range of ...

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