Tiger Cedar Chest

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Project by tinnman65 posted 07-20-2014 01:03 AM 2311 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third project using a chevalet de marqueterie. The chest measures roughly 30”X20”X20”. The front is made using almost twenty different veneers some of which I dyed myself, I just couldn’t find a tree that made blue wood. The other parts of the outside are Makore.On the last blanket chest I made I used Cherry for the inside but I found some red cedar veneer and figured it was probably a better choice, I also left it unfinished. I used 1/4 cedar tong and groove from a box store for the bottom so if the cedar lost its smell the bottom could still be sanded. The frame is made from white oak and then ebonized black, I was trying to give it an Asian feel. Tigers are indigenous to Asia so the background came from a photo of somewhere in China. The top has Chinese characters for the Chinese proverb ””Three men make a tiger This was a fun project and as the marquetry was packet cut I have three more fronts to use, I already have the wood rough cut for another three chest so if they turn out different enough I’ll post them. Thanks for looking.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 01:35 AM

Great progress Paul!
Imaginative and interesting!
I’m intrigued to see you and your next work :)


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#2 posted 07-20-2014 01:39 AM

Pretty nice! Must have took a long time.

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 01:47 AM


-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 02:33 AM

Nice Paul. The blue fits in well, is it aniline dye?
You seem to be becoming very comfortable with the chevalet.
Even breaking the background up the way you did you must have had a big packet or two to handle.

.......... at last I’m not the only one making four of everything …..... :-)

Very nice work.

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

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 04:20 AM


That’s really a nice looking chest. It should certainly become an heirloom piece.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 04:57 AM

Superb Paul !!!! You did fantastic on this piece. I love it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 05:27 AM

Very nice, I thought it was painted from the thumbnail.

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#8 posted 07-20-2014 08:34 AM

Beautiful Paul. It looks like you are really getting some good use out of your Chevalet. I hope we see a lot more of your work in the future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-20-2014 10:18 AM

really nice work!the veneer tiger must have taken hours of work!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#10 posted 07-20-2014 11:34 AM

Gorgeous. That is a great chest, you can be quite proud of it.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 07-20-2014 01:17 PM

Paul, this is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-20-2014 02:33 PM

Amaizing marqetry, you are verry tallented!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-20-2014 03:09 PM

Beautifully executed! It looks like you’re really enjoying learning to work with this technique as your work is proof of the love of this journey. I look forward to viewing the results of your future ventures!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 07-20-2014 04:15 PM

Beautiful Tiger, your marquetry is really improving. Great Job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 07-20-2014 04:42 PM

Well done, Well done.

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