Box w/columbine and moth marquetry

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Project by DonSol posted 07-03-2015 09:07 PM 1853 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for an artist friend because she wanted the box I had made before this but she waited to long. She was at the Art Center when I got it done, so I took itt up there and gave her first chance; she couldn’t get her check book out fast enough.

I had seen a box shaped like this in Wood magazine and thought it would look good for this one. The box is made from QS sycamore, which is one of my favorites. The veneers I used for the flowers is all natural except the green and blue. The polyphyemus silkworm moth is all natural except the orange, black and blue.

The box size is 12 7/16”w X 9 7/8”d X 3 1/2h, the marquetry panel is 9 1/4” X 6 5/8”.

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

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 09:31 PM

A very beautiful box and exquisite marquetry work. Fantastic work on this Don. You have every reason to be extremely proud of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 11:49 PM

Beautiful box, and first-rate marquetry! No wonder she loves it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 12:08 AM

Very pretty box and very nicely done marquetry.
Are you cutting the marquetry with a knife or saw?
If by saw, which method?
Sorry about all the questions. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 01:40 AM

Beautiful box, design original,compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 01:43 AM

Beautifully done my friend.
Bravo !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 02:18 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments

Paul, I use a knife, called the window method. I learned it from a book called “The Marquetry Manual” by William Lincoln. In the book he describes several methods and how to do each one. Since I didn’t have any of the saws he talked about that, left me with the knife. He said it was a slower process, but I’ve never been accused of being in a hurry, so that was just fine with me. I have tried using the scroll saw but I need a lot more practice. I like putting in the small details that I don’t think you could do with the saw. I just had a thought; he didn’t say you couldn’t use two methods on a project.

I don’t mind questions.

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2015 05:30 AM

That marquetry is fantastic and the box looks great. My marquetry attempts have not come out nearly as nice, amazing you did it all with a knife. Is the window method where you make the field cutout first then place it over a matching piece and cut it to fit?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 07-04-2015 05:53 AM

I too have tried the scroll saw but decided that it would take me too long to become proficient with it. I now use a chevalet and love the control it gives me over the smallest parts. That said, some of my greatest inspirations (prometej065 for instance) are knife cutters,

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 07-04-2015 06:20 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 07-04-2015 09:31 AM

It’s a beauty,you have my congratulations.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#11 posted 07-04-2015 10:50 AM

very nice…well done!!!!

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#12 posted 07-04-2015 12:10 PM

Very beautiful box! I like everything about it. Great job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 07-04-2015 12:45 PM

Wow, very nice!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 07-04-2015 12:46 PM

Beautiful box! Love the design – Columbine is one of my garden favorites and I remember collecting the cocoons of those moths as kid and watching them hatch. What are you using to get the red, blue, yellow, and green colors?

Thanks for sharing, Happy July 4th!

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 07-04-2015 01:52 PM


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