Custom Credenza with Parquetry

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Project by scott ernst posted 08-30-2014 04:16 PM 1520 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This credenza is the companion piece to a custom desk that I built. Both of them are decorated with a parquetry pattern in maple and ribbon mahogany. The parquetry was done as Boule work. With this technique all of the parts are cut in stacks of alternating veneers and give you two color patterns – one with a dark background and light circles and the other with a light background and dark circles. I wrote two articles on my Furniture Blog about the techniques involved in building these pieces, one on the desk and the other about the credenza.

-- Scott, NM

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 07:08 PM

Looks like a perfect place for Boulle style cutting.
If I’m not mistaken the geometric pattern here can be compressed eliminating the kerf gap that is necessarily present in more complex boulle style motifs.
Nice looking piece, a fine complement to your desk.

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 02:10 AM

Mesmerizing pattern!

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 10:39 AM

Excellent work, amaizing technik.

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 04:22 PM

Wow. Just wow!
I´m usually not a fan of marquetry work and the like but on this pieze it adds to the design and gives personality.
Lovely design and fine workmanship.
Enjoyed the blogs about table and credenza a lot. I appreciate that you share much knowledge.

An instant favorite.
Thanks for sharing!

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 04:42 PM

Looks great, Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 11:49 PM

Holy, I don’t even. I better not show my wife she’ll want to buy it off you.

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 01:55 AM

Holy, I don t even. I better not show my wife she ll want to buy it off you.

- TexasWonder

It’s for sale. And probably not for as much as you might think. Imagine the brownie points you’d get if you laid it on her for Christmas……..

-- Scott, NM

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