boxes with marquetry tops

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 05-13-2009 03:09 AM 2975 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The three boxes are about the same size: 8.5” wide, 4.5”, and 6” deep. The outer two are made of cherry, and the central one is of mahogany. The marquetry tops are of various types of veneer hide-glued onto mdf. The leaf motif on the central box is like the painted leaves on my cuban mahogany coffee table that I posted a while ago. The box bottoms are lined with suede leather. I made these boxes after attending a weekend course on marquetry taught by the artist/woodworker Paul Schurch, so they are my first effort with veneer and marquetry.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 03:13 AM

Very nice work Don love the marquetry

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 03:32 AM

Great designs and craftsmanship!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 03:50 AM

Excellent. I am jealous. A year ago I also attended one of those marquetry seminars (but in Virginia). I bought a nice set of Exacto knives, a sample baggy of veneers, and a video. I have yet to make my first ATTEMPT! Then I visited my 80 year old aunt and uncle. They showed me marquetry they do at their senior center. They assured me, they encouraged me, they inspired me. However, I am still unable to try to make my first marquetry project. So I am jealous that you did what I wish I could bring myself to do.

These boxes will make treasured gifts. Good work. Perhaps now I’m going to get off my duff and do it! Maybe.

-- Whatever

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 03:59 AM

Beautiful boxes. I too am jealous!

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 04:03 AM

Outstanding boxes – you apparently paid attention in class.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 04:25 AM

Wow. Those are amazing! Great job. I hope to see them in person someday (maybe the next St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild meeting?)

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 04:32 AM

Really nice. The leaves are fantastic!

Great job!

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 04:35 AM

Great looking boxes. I’ve got to start doing more marquetry.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 04:36 AM

Beautiful boxes with very pleasing marquetry!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 04:48 AM

Don, these are really nice looking. Great job on the marguetry.

Thanks for posting them.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 05-13-2009 07:38 AM

Fantastic job on these boxes. I am sooo jealuos of the leaves!

You have done a beautifull job on all of these.

Keep up the great work. you are an inspiration to others to reach for new levels of craftsmanship.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 05-13-2009 07:55 AM

Very nice work, especially the leaves!!

-- 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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#13 posted 05-13-2009 09:59 AM

Those boxes are gorgeous Don. The marquetry takes them to a whole new level. Will you be writing a marquetry blog?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 11:54 AM

Beautifully done. All of the boxes are spectacular! Thanks for sharing Don.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 05-13-2009 05:25 PM

Exquisite detail and design! You did a beautiful job on all three boxes. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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