Parquetry Guillotine

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Project by Woodbridge posted 01-16-2015 01:37 AM 2812 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before getting into building my major projects for 2015 I’ve been trying to clean up my to do list of little shop projects. I the last few weeks I’ve built a new rolling tool cabinet, bottle jack veneer press and a portable workbench.

One other item on my list is this Parquetry Guillotine.

In 2013 I built a veneered box with a basket weave pattern on the top. The basket weave was produced during a Lee Valley parquetry seminar. People seem to like this box and I want to build a couple more.

The basket weave pattern is amazingly simple to do. You just need to be able to cut a whole bunch of tiny little veneer rectangles and squares. The instructors had a couple of home made chopping devices which made this task relatively quick. Theirs where made from metal.

I decided to try and make something similar.

The guillotine is made from scrap MDF, oak and other woods. It is a bit rough looking but it works. The mechanism is a spring loaded door stop (I think I bought it at Home Depot). The blade and cap lever are from an old spoke shave.

I’ll probably use it with a self healing mat and add some type of scale to makes setting the stop a bit easier.

I managed to get the blade pretty sharp as the bandaged finger on the last picture will prove.

I’ve added some old school animation to this post. If you toggle between the last two pictures you can see the guillotine in action.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 01:55 AM

thats a really cool tool, you did a great job and i shall be interested in seeing what you have made with this, inspires me to think of future projects.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 01:56 AM

very clever cutter..thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 01-16-2015 02:01 AM

Nice, innovative design!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 01-16-2015 09:10 AM

Cool Peter. I’m sure it looks a lot better than the steel ones. I love the box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-16-2015 12:27 PM

Looks great. Well thought out.
It seems that your design would have multi purposes beyond just the workshop… utensil, medical instrument, etc

-- CC, Richmond Hill, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 01:15 PM

That is really sweet!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 01:15 PM

as with all your work…..brilliant.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 01-16-2015 03:07 PM

That. Is. Genius.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 01-16-2015 04:33 PM

A very useful tool does the blade mechanism pivot around the back and return with the use of a spring

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#10 posted 01-16-2015 04:51 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Digger the blade only moves vertically (up and down). The spring mechanism in the door stop brings the blade back up.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 01-16-2015 05:33 PM

Awesome. Added to my favorites.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 01-16-2015 07:04 PM

Wow, a beautiful box and very clever mechanism too. I have added it to my favorites too – thanks for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 01-16-2015 09:37 PM

I love how the box looks!
Great machine you have made!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#14 posted 01-16-2015 11:31 PM

Ha! When I first glanced at the project title I saw “Poultry Guillotine.” Boy, would the photos for THAT project have been interesting to see.

But this is even better. I love to see how others use their skills to solve problems. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#15 posted 01-16-2015 11:50 PM

great idea.

The box looks great too.

-- Jeff NJ

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