Sapele Butterfly Box

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Project by davidtr3 posted 11-09-2015 01:31 PM 1987 views 10 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The marquetry is based upon a papilio ulysses butterfly with its brilliant blue and black wings. The butterfly is set in curley maple and mahogany. The blue motif is carried into the stringing along the edge of the frame. The box frame is constructed using sapele. The top and bottom is highly figured mahogany. There is an interior compartment with a walnut lid lift. The brass hinges are mortised into the frame. The carcass has hand cut dovetails. The finish is Arm R Seal wiped on with a cloth.

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#1 posted 11-09-2015 02:08 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

That is nice looking marquetry. I like how you blue carried into the stringing.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-09-2015 02:20 PM

Welcome David.
This is a very nice piece and it is always nice to see another marqueteur on the site.
I too like the tie in of the blue to the border.
The marquetry looks very nicely cut. What is your tool of choice for cutting?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 02:26 PM

Nice looking box Dave and welcome to the forum.


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#4 posted 11-09-2015 02:28 PM

This is a beautiful box. You have a lot of talent. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 03:02 PM

All, thank you for the kind welcoming remarks.

Paul, your work is amazing. Thank you for the encouraging words. I use a 16” Excalibur scroll saw for the butterfly and a craft knife for the starburst. Wish I were on the west coast, I’d love to come up and take a class using a chevalet.

Best Regards,

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#6 posted 11-09-2015 03:17 PM

That is very beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 11-09-2015 04:32 PM

Just a super beautiful box! Love the added blue stringing around the edge. Well done and welcome to LJ.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 11-09-2015 04:45 PM

Beautiful box. The colors and contrast look spectacular. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 11-09-2015 05:05 PM

Nice box. Nice interior, nice marquetry. Well done!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 11-09-2015 05:29 PM

beautiful box, the blue border highlights the center butterfly very well!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#11 posted 11-09-2015 06:58 PM

Beautiful box in every aspect and I really like the compartment in the interior something I will use .
What are the dimensions of the box ?


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 11-09-2015 07:13 PM

David, as others have said, very nice work. Saved to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#13 posted 11-09-2015 09:18 PM

very nice welcome

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#14 posted 11-09-2015 10:07 PM

Beautiful box David….well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 11-09-2015 10:23 PM

Sweet Box, Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Dennis Zongker

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