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Project by DonSol posted 03-25-2015 10:26 AM 1058 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box last year out of yellow heart from Brazil. I seen this picture in a magazine and I drew my pattern from it. For the background i used fiddleback andiroba, the rest is dyed veneers.

The size is 8 3/4” w X 6 1/4” d X 3 1/4 h.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 12:13 PM

Nice box and theme that you have chosen.

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 02:52 PM

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 10:21 PM

Thanks for the compliments.

I forgot yo put in the part about making the bee wings. I had some yellow heart veneer and since you can see through a bee’s wing i wanted them lighter. I was out of wood bleach so I figured I could use household bleach. My first try the veneer came out mushy and just fell apart. I then diluted it and tried again and kept checking it till I thought it was about right. Then iI rinsed it several times and dried it out. I think you can see it in the pictures.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 01:07 AM

Very nice box with a ute theme.
The marquetry (or is it inlay) is well done.
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#5 posted 03-26-2015 01:39 AM

beautiful box. The marquetry is great. I love the bees!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-26-2015 08:48 AM

Don, always nice to see a lumberjock from Indiana posting lovely work. Great job of choosing colors. Looking forward other projects. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 03-26-2015 04:40 PM

This is beautiful work. Can you tell me a little about the method you used to inlay(?) the bees on the side of the box?

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#8 posted 03-26-2015 11:44 PM

Paul, the top panel is marquetry and the bees on the front and one on top are inlaid into the solid yellow heart.

Roger, I made the bodies of the bees first. Then taped them in place using narrow strips of tape. After I got them placed I used a knife to score around each one and cleaned out the recess with a rotary tool w/router base and 1/16 straight bit. I don’t go all the way to the score line, just very close and clean out the rest with the knife. Then I do the same with the wings. Most people think the legs are done with a pen, but I use the tip of the knife and scratch a line deep enough for a sliver of veneer, put a spot of glue in then with my fingernails work it into the slot. I do all this with a big magnifying glass with a light, otherwise i would be in trouble.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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