|Project by DonSol||posted 02-09-2016 01:04 AM||1338 views||10 times favorited||17 comments|
This is in the style of the Brit Box Maker shell box.
I made this box for some friends that were going to give it to a friend of theirs. I thought I had till shortly before
Christmas, only they forgot to tell me it was going to Denmark and needed two weeks to send it so it would get there in time. So when they told me, I just smiled and put in some long days, but I got it done in time and they were happy.
The background veneer is the from the center of a sheet of maple burl and the rest is dyed veneers. The base is maple.
To start I decide what the flowers will look like, then draw 3 petals and make a template of each one. The reason I do this is so all the petals won’t be the same but close. I did not get pictures of the next step but I think I can explain it so you will understand.
I will use 2 pieces of the petal veneer and sandwich it between 2 pieces of cardboard from a cereal box, flatten it out and tape it around the edges with a good sticky masking tape. Then trace the templates arranging them to get as many petals as possible. Next I cut them out with a #3 blade on the scroll saw.
I then make the flowers and this is where I started taking pictures.
I then cut the petals where they join with an exacto knife and do the shading.
I tape the end pieces to the box and cut to size. Next I do the same with the front and back. Last is the top.
I then arrange the flowers until I get them where I like it and tape them down with narrow strips of tape.
After I get this done I remove a group and cut them where they overlap, shade, glue and put them back. When I get this all done I take the panels off in reverse of the way I put them on. Score around a group, take them off and cut that section out with the knife, then glue the flowers in that window. Using narrow strips of tape across the joints to pull them together.
After all this I will retake the panels back on and mark where the flowers overlap on the top. This is important to get everything lined up when you glue the top on.
I learned marquetry from a book, mistakes and trying different ways of doing things. I may not do things the way they are taught but it works for me. Any questions or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for looking.
-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle