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Project by Patricelejeune posted 10-23-2014 06:03 PM 1440 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago we were contacted by a designer to create a bedroom set matching an empire chest of drawer.

I started by creating on sketchup the mirror and the bedside chests following the general layout and the bench

For the mirror and the bed side tables we turned the columns as 2 halves rectangular solid french walnut blanks glues together with paper, this way when the column is turned you can just split the paper and have perfect half columns.

The carcasses were made out of beech wood and poplar.

From France, we ordered some french walnut veneer for the skin as well as matching bronzes.

A bit of polish.

It was also the first project to receive the Edwards and Lejeune label.

And delivery

The bench was upholstered by a french women in San Diego with horse hair, Laure de la chapelle

It was an interesting exercise to create a coherent set starting from an existing piece

-- Patrice lejeune





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RogerBean

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 06:13 PM

Your work never disappoints. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Roger

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

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shipwright

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 08:06 PM

Tres beau mon ami.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 09:39 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 01:42 AM

I’m not usually a big fan of this style, but these look great. Love the hardware.

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#5 posted 10-24-2014 02:22 PM

Great looking project and attention to detail. Despite the carcass being made from “seconday” woods the finish look amazing, a feat initself.

I’m sure the customer will be as pleased as punch to have a matching set now.

Excellent

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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RogerBean

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#6 posted 10-24-2014 04:20 PM

bluekingfisher:
Not sure I understand your comment: “Despite” the carcass being made from secondary woods… ” Please explain?
Roger

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

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Patricelejeune

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#7 posted 10-24-2014 05:55 PM

Thank you!

I do not understand the despite also. Would you have preferred all solid french walnut? If this is what you meant, we would have liked that also but shipping is very expensive and was not supported by that project. Veneering was the only option on that budget.

-- Patrice lejeune

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shipwright

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#8 posted 10-24-2014 07:31 PM

I think the confusion may stem from the fact that you didn’t mention that the Beech and Poplar were veneered. That would explain the amazement at the finish. ....... just my guess, maybe he’ll chime in and solve the mystery.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Patricelejeune

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#9 posted 10-24-2014 08:10 PM

I see, it makes sense, I will clarify that in the post.

Thank you!

-- Patrice lejeune

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