Maple Parquet Trunk

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 02-23-2009 09:43 PM 1899 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a few of these trunks out of different woods. This one is maple. I wanted to try a parquet style (kind of like the Boston Garden basketball court). Sawed the strips, crossed the grains and glued them back together in the parquet pattern, then drum sanded them to about 1/4 inch thick for the sides, and about 3/32 inch thick for the top so it would bend. There is a 1/8” thick plywood sheet under the top parquet pattern. Side patterns are contact cemented onto 3/4” oak plywood to minimize movement. The straps and bottom trim are walnut, with birch buttons. This one’s for a charity auction coming up that my company sponsors annually.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 09:47 PM

Stunning project… I love the checkerboard pattern… very cool!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 09:55 PM

That is a work of genius.

How many hours have you got in it?

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 09:56 PM

Wow , that’s clever technics and very well done.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 09:58 PM

Hey, is there something in side of the lid, That would be cool!

Very nicely built! keep it up!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 11:18 PM

That’s a really fine trunk/box…the parquet pattern wouldn’t have been my first thought…but it’s works like crazy…very pretty.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 12:03 AM

very nice well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 12:25 AM

A real nice trunk and I liek the idea of the parquet.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 02-24-2009 03:38 AM

Very nice trunk randal, I love the buttons but I have to admit I don’t think I could look at another button after doing a project like that. That must take a lot a patience.

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

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#9 posted 02-24-2009 05:08 AM

Definitely an eye popper! You do marvelous work. It looks like the top is hollow. Is there access to it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 02-24-2009 05:10 AM

Now that is nice workmanship – nice job.


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#11 posted 02-24-2009 07:04 PM

Sharp looking trunk. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 02-25-2009 06:11 AM

Very fine craftsmanship. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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