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Project by davidtr3 posted 08-14-2016 02:29 PM 1175 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project. Worker bees are a good metaphor for woodworking, especially considering the amount of time that went into the honeycomb and bee. Work, work, work!

The box and till lid are curly maple. The till frame is mahogany. The honey comb, top and bottom are movingue. The bee is movingue, wenge, and dyed black veneer. The honey colored movingue is one of my favorites. It’s great for gold highlights in any project.

The wings were cut out of the background, shaded, and re-glued into the background, then scored with an exacto knife, then filled with ebony saw dust.

Anyway, thank you for viewing and happy wood-WORK-ing!

-David





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shipwright

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#1 posted 08-14-2016 02:35 PM

Very nice work David. I like movingue as well and used it on the bees in my last box. It does have a nice golden chatoyance.
I like the box and the marquetry. Great job on the wings ….. transparent is hard.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 08-14-2016 03:25 PM

Beautiful work! I’m looking at the corner of the box wondering how it was made. Is it simply a 45 degree joint with a spline? I’ve never made a spline joint before, looked at pictures but haven’t taken the time to figure out how it’s done. The joints look simple but very elegant. Your box is truly art. The work making the bee is still beyond me——- Truly Amazing!!!!

-- Dan, Montana, danhooten@gmail.com

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davidtr3

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 03:50 PM

Thanks Dan; glue up your box with 45 degree miters joints. I do the plines on my router table with a 45 degree jig I made and a straight 1/4 or 5/16 router bit. Run the box vertically along the fence siting at a 45 degree angle to the table bed along. I have also done them with a slot cutter bit, with another jig, with the box sitting flat on the table at a 45 degree angle to the fence. The problem with the second method is that I can only get the slot cutter bit about 1/2” above the table.

Another very easy way to do splines is to glue your box up as normal, and use a dovetail saw to cut kerfs for splines into the corners, (as many as u want) and take a thin piece of contrasting veneer and glue it into the saw kerf. They actually turn out very nice and quite strong.

My other suggestion would be just to glue up a few corners and practice either method. You’ll turn out nice splines in no time.


Beautiful work! I m looking at the corner of the box wondering how it was made. Is it simply a 45 degree joint with a spline? I ve never made a spline joint before, looked at pictures but haven t taken the time to figure out how it s done. The joints look simple but very elegant. Your box is truly art. The work making the bee is still beyond me——- Truly Amazing!!!!

- Grandpadan


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davidtr3

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#4 posted 08-14-2016 03:52 PM

Thanks Paul. Love your new plywood chevy!

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#5 posted 08-14-2016 05:27 PM

WOW! This box is nice. I really like the inner compartment, and the lid is amazing. Nice work.

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#6 posted 08-14-2016 06:43 PM

David, this is a beautiful box. You did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 08-14-2016 06:48 PM

Quite stunning! The bee and the honeycomb beautifully done. Did you cut the individual cells for the honeycomb before re assembling them?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#8 posted 08-14-2016 06:56 PM

A#1

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#9 posted 08-15-2016 12:06 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 08-15-2016 01:22 AM

Great box, with precise marquetry.

On splines and 45 degree corners – I use a similar jig on the router but often laminate the splines from different veneers which can produce an attractive contrast.

I also have a variable angled jig so that the router cut gives a long spline on one face and a short one on the other. You can alternate these and some interesting effects.

-- Madburg WA

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davidtr3

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#11 posted 08-15-2016 01:42 PM

Hi Jim,

Over the course of a week, I cut out roughly two rows of cells each evening. I had one side of each veneer covered with blue tape. I numbered all of the cells before I cut them out and had a drawing indicating where each cell went. I think I had almost 90 cells when I started. I also laid the cells out on my cutting pad in order. It was another few evenings of tape removal.

All the cells were thumb drilled and cut out on my Excalibur scroll saw. In a previous attempt, I used a chisel and a hexagon pattern and strips of maple for the cell walls. The results weren’t as good.

Thanks!


Quite stunning! The bee and the honeycomb beautifully done. Did you cut the individual cells for the honeycomb before re assembling them?
Jim

- Jim Rowe


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davidtr3

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#12 posted 08-15-2016 01:43 PM

Great suggestions Madburg. I’ll have to give that a try.

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#13 posted 08-15-2016 02:23 PM

beautiful wood

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#14 posted 08-15-2016 11:14 PM

Beautiful workmanship and gorgeous wood.

-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 08-16-2016 12:39 AM

Outstanding !

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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