Humidor with marquetry

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Project by jaymac posted 2603 days ago 1429 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a humidor I made for my parents, MacDougall being our last name. Mahogany and birds eye maple are the woods used. Dimensions are approximately 12” x 9” x 6” high. I’m new here, thanks for any and all comments.

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 2603 days ago

Solid inside and out. I stand is awe, sir.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 2603 days ago

Beautiful work Jay. Looks like you took on a huge task in doing that marquetry but you did a wonderful job. Great grain, great finish… great piece. Thanks for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 2603 days ago

Very nice craftsmanship. I really like the woods used…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 2603 days ago

beautiful work ... want to see more of it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 2603 days ago

Jay, this piece is simply stunning. You may be new here, but you are obviously not new to woodworking.

Welcome to LumberJocks. In case you didn’t know, I’m known around here for just loving small wooden boxes. Thanks for showing this fine project.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 2602 days ago

Wow Jay! Absolutely fantastic. I’m terrified to try this as I think I’ll get it 90% done then screw it up. Beautiful!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 2602 days ago

Amazing job!

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

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#8 posted 2602 days ago

I agree with Tom….. I’d be a nervous wreck as I approached the finish.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Joel Tille

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#9 posted 2602 days ago

Very Nice and welcome to LJ’s, Hope you find it pleasant. We will enjoy viewing more of you projects in the future.

-- Joel Tille

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Damian Penney

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#10 posted 2601 days ago

What a lovely piece, how many hours went into the marquetry?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#11 posted 2601 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words. The marquetry took about 20 hours.

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#12 posted 2600 days ago

Excellent Job! I wish I could do that! But I cant!

-- Normite Lou

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#13 posted 2599 days ago

I, too, thought I couldn’t do that. I have two left hands. But go look at my projects.
It is really easy, not so tedious because all of the repeating inlays can be cut at one time if you book them.
That way the inlays just slide into background and they fit perfectly.
The top and bottom of the center piece look to be mirror images so they can be cut at the same time and book matched.
I don’t know if that’s how jaymac did it but marquetry can sure be made to look complicated when it can be made easy to do.

However, he did it, it is a nice looking humidor.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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