Marquetry jewelry box

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Project by Longcase posted 10-22-2016 06:57 PM 1000 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to finishing the marquetry boxes that I started in 2014 ( blog
The boxes are almost identical apart from the different ladies inside the lid and the colour of the cotton velvet.
The feet are turned holly along with all the edging, most of the inside box edging is solid ebony along with the
trays. The hinges one again come from Andrew Crawford and the locks Lee Valley, the finish french polished.
The picture of the side of the boxes show one side with and without the (no so )secret drawer, the mechanism to open the draw is under the tray, the last picture shows everything open.
Overall its been a long project and now I can move on to other project but I’m quite pleased with how they have turned out.
Thanks for looking
Here is a view of the top

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#1 posted 10-22-2016 07:06 PM

Congratulations Kieth!
This is a wonderful piece (pieces) of work. The marquetry is excellent and the fit and finish match it perfectly.
You must be very pleased. .. Again, well done, very well done.

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2016 07:41 PM

I am very impressed. Beautiful.


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#3 posted 10-22-2016 08:17 PM

Beautiful Workmanship Keith !!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 09:27 PM

Now that I have my breath back, WOW! what beautiful work … I truly admire your talent and craftsmanship.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 10:01 PM

A true Masterpiece! It may have taken two years but it was well worth the effort – these are stunning! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 10:23 PM

Exceptional examples of the box makers art. Classic boxes with classic motifs.

-- Madburg WA

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 10:30 PM

Exceptional examples of the box makers art. Classic boxes with classic motifs.

-- Madburg WA

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#8 posted 10-23-2016 12:54 AM

I am not too familiar with the marquetry technique or respective terminology and usually pay attention when I see projects posted displaying them so I may learn just a little bit..

So I checked ou your trip to England and wanted to know:-

Did you buy the pieces already made and “just ” glue them on, or
Did you buy only the pattern and then set to work cutting them out in wood, then “just ” glue them on

I along with the other LJs are vey impressed with the final result, no doubt the time taken to reproduce something as inpressive as your Jewelry box is indictave.

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 10-23-2016 05:44 AM

Your marquetry skill and patitence is far beyond this site. No wonder it took you two years to make this. Extraordinary work, motives are so detailed and realistic. If you ask me Daily top 3 and Editor’s choice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 10-23-2016 05:50 AM

Amazing workmanship, beautiful box. This must have been quite a project time wise. Congratulations.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 10-23-2016 10:53 AM

wow, those area amazing!

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#12 posted 10-23-2016 11:02 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 10-23-2016 01:21 PM

Amazing and beautiful a fantastic work of art,a true masterpiece.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 10-23-2016 03:56 PM

Hi Guys Thank you for the kind comments.
robcastle:- I bought the cartoons (patterns) in England and cut the veneers to the pattern. Paul (aka shipwright) put a wonderful blog together( on the marquetry process while making his beautiful jewelry box.
Madburg:- I used the piece by piece method to cut the box tops


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#15 posted 10-23-2016 04:12 PM


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