Bubinga box with Celtic design inlay

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Project by woodn posted 88 days ago 1178 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was happy to find a bit left in my bottle of scotch after finishing the inlay! It took multiple steps cutting and setting the inlays in the right sequence to reach the desired result. I drew the design on the PC using Autosketch. Then used carbon paper to transfer the design to the maple. I used a fine pencil to clarify the lines, and then planned out the sequence of cutting and gluing the strips. I used the Micro Fence edge guide to cut each channel in two steps to get a good fit.

Of course, once the lid panel was done, I needed to build a box around it. Needless to say, more things went wrong building the box than normal, but being so invested in the lid, I had to keep finding ways of fixing and moving forward. Pretty satisfied with the final result though.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 88 days ago

That’s beautiful. The inlay, drawers and great woods. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 88 days ago

Nice work. And great design for the pulls and feet. Once you get hooked on inlay, there’s no stopping. LOL

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

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#3 posted 88 days ago

Very nicely done. When you get inlay down you must try marquetry. The possibilities are endless and it looks like you would have a talent for it.
Is Autosketch a vector graphic program? I use Inkscape, which is, and with it you can resize the design to any size and then choose line thickness before printing. I use .01”. You can attach the paper directly to the workpiece eliminating the transfer and line refinement steps. ....... Just a thought. You are doing just fine on your own.

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

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#4 posted 88 days ago

“Super job”

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 88 days ago

What a beautiful box. I can see you put allot of fun and love into building that one

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 88 days ago

Gorgeous design, box and great craftsmanship.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 87 days ago

Excellent box, looks great.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 87 days ago

Nice recovery, in building the box, can anyone call that a “box”,? more like a work of art! Which the lid of course, really is.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 87 days ago

very beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#10 posted 87 days ago

Beautiful Piece Of Work, For Sure Bob!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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