Box with Marquetry Lid

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Project by DonSol posted 04-13-2016 12:11 AM 1391 views 8 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I just finished for a customer. He was very definite on what he wanted. He wanted a red rose with small yellow flowers, three bees and a tiger swallowtail butterfly. He also wanted part of the butterfly to to come out on the frame of the lid so it looks like it just landed on the box. He also wanted the box made out of maple.

Since he already had everything figured out all I had to do was make it. He hasn’t seen it yet so I hope he likes it.

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

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 12:34 AM

I’d say you have all the boxes ticked Don. What’s not to like.

Personally I think it is perfect. I’ve been cutting a lot of bees lately and I think yours look great
...... and the butterfly and flowers aren’t too shabby either.

Very well done, you should have a very happy customer.

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

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 12:39 AM

Beautiful box, beautiful work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Jim Sellers

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 01:39 AM

very impressive. work. Nice job on the shading.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#4 posted 04-13-2016 01:42 AM

This is a wonderful box.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-13-2016 02:01 AM

A fine box indeed and a happy customer coming to admire it I am sure !
Nice work Don it all works very well together from marquetry to the box design and wood choices .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 04:05 AM

Don, the marquetry is exquisite as always. You do that so well! However this box is more than the art work.

The box itself is also a very interesting design. I like the paneled sides, the inset top, pivot lid, and the inverted taper on the legs. I especially like the way you have integrated the legs into the joinery of the side panels. What a wonderful idea you have there. I have not seen that before. The rounded lift is a nice idea so that this shape doesn’t compete with the square panels and other straight lines. Don, you have some nice concepts here and have made a really unique creation. Great job. It shows a good deal of thought and design detail. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-13-2016 06:32 AM

Great marquetry, Butterfly is very realistic.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 04-13-2016 06:50 AM

Definately deserves daily top 3. Lot of woodworking elements I see here – especialy corners. Top lid is magnificant. Those marquetry is true art work with such beautiful colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 04-13-2016 07:39 AM

What a beautiful job of the box. You must be very proud.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#10 posted 04-13-2016 08:23 AM

Amazing work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-13-2016 09:33 AM

this is one of the nicest things I have seen lately. If the customer does not like it, he’s an idiot. Superior work on the box and the marquetry. Kudos to you.

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#12 posted 04-13-2016 09:59 AM

that is a beauty!!

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#13 posted 04-13-2016 11:01 AM

Wow. The design is beautiful. Could you comment on how the corners are done (new woodworker and I’m not picturing the “how” of this)?

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#14 posted 04-13-2016 12:12 PM

Beautiful!! If the customer doesn’t love it,I’m sure my wife will..Great job

-- Scott.Triangle,NY Becareful and don't forget...They cut meat too!

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 04-13-2016 12:19 PM

The Marquetry is very nice, the butterfly looks like its really flying over the rest of the marquetry. Congrats!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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