the box #4: the end

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 09-09-2008 03:33 AM 1187 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the inlays are in, and the box is finished. I won’t get into detail about anything. I don’t think there was a huge interest in the narative so I won’t continue the story. I thought it would be cool to drag it along, describe the step by step and take the reader through the same journey I went through. In the end it’s just a box. Thanks for looking.

I hope everyone enjoyed. Have a happy day ;-)

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 09-09-2008 04:31 AM

Well, I don’t know about the others here, but I think it is a fantastic box.

I would be very interested in seeing how you did the inlays.

Again, excellent work. Your other projects are also very excellent.


-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 09-09-2008 05:38 AM

Beautiful box!!! Please show us how you did it?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 09-09-2008 05:45 AM

Beautiful. Please fill us in on the process.

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#4 posted 09-09-2008 10:11 AM

kolwdwrkr, excellent result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 09-09-2008 11:23 AM

Love the inlay wrap and the great lumber.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 09-09-2008 01:36 PM

“In the end it’s just a box.” WOW that IS some box! Great work!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 09-09-2008 05:24 PM

I enjoy the working a lot more than the finished product. Is it that way for you too? By the way, it’s a great box. Leather and wood and writing and the way you combined the them make it exceptional. I’m a fan. Keep up the good work (after 5 pm that is). :2)

-- Jim

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 09:38 PM

Beautiful piece,

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 09-10-2008 02:29 AM

Hi kolwdwrkr;

You right, it’s just a box. What’s the big deal?

Are you nuts?


Please don’t explain how you did it. lol


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 09-10-2008 03:31 AM

Great looking box. My wife would like that one. I agree with Lee. Just dont tell us how you did it. We’ll figure it out on our own. .................... frown

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 09-28-2008 02:20 AM

The marquetry on this project was pretty simple. I’m not the guy who follows a design by drawing it out full scale, then copying it over to my parts. So, to make the branches I simply took my veneer and started cutting pieces. Now, the main branch was the first piece I cut. I cut the piece, inlayed it, and started with the adjacent branches. Wouldn’t you know it, the adjacent branches I inlayed were thicker then the main branch!! I had to cut out a new “main branch” and cut out the old one.
To inlay. First off I am using commercial veneers. I cut my pieces with an exacto knife, lay the pieces in the proper location on the box and outline them with a mechanical pencil. Now I score just inside the pencil line and start to “chip” away the material with a chisel. Keep in mind you could set up a router with a 1/8” bit and route closely to the line. I do it this way because some of my branches are smaller then the bit anyhow so I chisel to consistant depth. Because I am not cutting to the line yet I am allowing myself some play. I put the piece back up to test fit and see what areas need a little cleaning up. After the piece fits I use cyanacrolite (probably spelled wrong) glue and press the inlay in with the back of my exacto knife. I want it to be close to flush as possible but still stand proud about 1/2 of 1/64th” After the glue is set (like 15 seconds) I use a card scraper to flush it up. I follow the same procedure for all the pieces.
For the finish I used a combination of BLO and Tung Oil with Japan drier added to help the tung oil dry. I like to use this as a finish because the oil soaks into the wood deeply and “pops” the woods grain.
Hope that helps everyone that cared to look. I really appreciate those who followed the story and commented on the process and project. Thank you all.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#12 posted 09-29-2008 06:04 PM

I have enjoyed reading about the process!
love how the natural lines in the wood seem to come out of the branches you’ve added.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 09-29-2008 08:49 PM

Just when I was starting to feel good about my learning curve! <g>

Just a stunning example of craftsmanship and the ability to think outside the box.
I need the marquetry lesson for sure! Never really rung my bell till I saw this application.

Thanks for the post.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 11-09-2008 04:23 PM

You posted this while I was gone. I just read all the blogs. This is a really great piece of work.The inlay reminds me of Paul Schurch’s ribbon inlays. Very well done. The leather inlay adds a whole different dimension to a very well thought out design. Just a tip; in adding tooled leather to my designs, I’ve found that gluing the leather permanently to a piece of 1/4 inch Baltic Birch works well if the back of the panel will show(as on cabinet doors). On small projects where the back is not visible, I use tempered Masonite for a backer. This eliminates all stretch in the leather and it is now possible to use straight line borders with no fear of them being un-parallel to the edge of the frame. I really enjoyed your blog of this great box.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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