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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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Oeben Boxes #4: Assembling the Parquetry Panels

08-27-2017 10:30 PM by shipwright | 14 comments »

I left off yesterday with a peek at the parquetry pieces being cut for the sides of the box. The guillotine I was using is a Q&D copy of a commercially available cutter that I built years ago and am finally using for the first time in a project.It worked perfectly and made short work of the many small pieces. Cutting the Tulipwood strips, crisp and accurate. Then the Ribbon Bloodwood diamond centres. On to the assembly working from the centre out starting with some di...

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Oeben Boxes #3: The First Actual Box Begins

08-27-2017 12:33 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

I’ve been spending way too much time enjoying my fine little sailboat this summer and really haven’t been in the shop very much at all. However this past week I decided that something had to be done with the Oeben marquetry pieces so I started the first of four boxes. The plan is to start with a very simple jewellery box and make each successive box more complex than the last. This is one of the challenges of cutting in piece by piece and having four copies of the marquetry. Th...

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Marquetry School #10: Spring 2017 Classes underway

06-11-2017 05:22 AM by shipwright | 15 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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Thick Veneer from France...and other places #6: Gold in the Garden

04-15-2017 01:02 AM by shipwright | 25 comments »

For the past few months I have been tracking down members of the Barberry family (Berberidaceae) for its amazing yellow wood. One member (Berberis vulgaris I think) was the material used for the yellow flowers in classic French marquetry.Anyway, last fall I was able to get a few small pieces of Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) from LJ Jerry (nubsnstubs) in Tucson and I used it in the marquetry I did over the winter. It was an amazing colour and just to top it off, it was luminescent under black...

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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 | 38 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 Fran├žois 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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Basketweave Box w/White Roses #2: Now for the leaves and butterfly

10-11-2016 12:31 AM by DonSol | 2 comments »

In this part I am cutting in the leaves, then I will get into the butterfly. I didn’t have a pattern for the complete picture on paper, the picture was in my head. I drew in the branches w/thorns and using the window method cut and laid them in to the weave (carefully). Window for half of one done. Moving along. Working on the last leaf. That one is done. Now the odds and ends pieces of the leaves and on to the butterfly. One thing I should ha...

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Basketweave Box w/Roses #2: Part 3 Using the window method

10-10-2016 12:34 AM by DonSol | 5 comments »

In the following drawing the book “The Marquetry Manual” by William A. Lincoln tells you the window method is done by starting with the farthest piece in the background. This would be #1 in the top drawing. Instead of following the lines in the drawing drawing when you come to an adjoining piece you over cut (dotted lines) into the adjoining piece. Put glue all the way around it, with a tooth pic, I put my glue in aplastic coffee can lid. Wait for the glue to dry then draw or t...

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Basketweave Box w/Roses #1: Part 2 Assembling the basketweave

10-09-2016 12:04 AM by DonSol | 7 comments »

I had never done a basketweave before so this is the process I came up with. At first it was one of those trial and error things, I’m sure we have all done this. I covered the inside and outside so I had to have 10 panels. A time consuming process, but I would do it again. In this picture I am shading both ends of the pieces. I do enough to make 2 or 3 rows. I put 5 or 6 pieces in and by the time I get the last one in the sand the first one is ready to be turned or taken o...

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