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Project by Woodenwizard posted 06-05-2010 03:57 AM 3061 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know you may find this hard to believe but considering many of the projects I have made, I have never made a box. After spending time viewing the incredible boxes here on LJ, I was motivated to give the box thing a try. The birds are one of my very first marquetry attempts. My idea was to make a simple box. This is what I came up with. I learned a great deal by the many mistakes I made but a good step toward future boxes. The box is red oak and walnut with a coat of tung oil and several coats of lacquer. I gave the box to my granddaughter who says it is her “Treasure Nest”.

The sail boat is just a marquetry picture I did to work on improving my marquetry skills.

Advise is welcome. Thanks For looking.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 04:38 AM

I really like the marquetry with the birds. Was this done with the saw that you made? Nice looking box.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 05:05 AM

Beautiful a wonderful box and great marquetry.

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 05:31 AM

For a first box – this is a knockout! Nice one!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 05:43 AM

Max – Yes, it was made with the saw I built. As a matter of fact it was only my second attempt at marquetry. The dark wings were made with Sapele the same type of veneer you have. I haven’t done anything with the pieces you gave me but have got some plans in the works.

Jim – Thanks for the kind words. I had some issues with the miters and have since made a sled to help with the accuracy of my miters.

Steve – Thanks! I checked out your postings. GREAT WORK!

Compliments coming from talented craftsmen like Max, Jim and Steve keeps one motivated to keep building.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 06:37 AM

Fine looking box, John. I’m impressed with the different-sized finger joints (are they still “finger joints” in this case?). For the marquetry, did you saw several different layers at once, then layer them like a jigsaw puzzle? If so, you must have a really fine blade and steady hand since I can’t see any gap between the pieces.

I’m currently making my Andy-style box attempt #2, working hard to hone my box-making skills. I also just bought a few nice tools from another local Colorado woodworker and coworker (jointer, scroll saw, dust collector, dovetail jig), so hopefully I can ramp up my hobby project production.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 06-05-2010 07:47 AM

Marquetry is beautiful, love it.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 06-05-2010 08:04 AM

Bobasaurus – I used the double bevel method. One piece of veneer on top of the other with the pattern cut out of both at a 12 degree angle. Sounds difficult but I made a marquetry saw (check my postings for pictures) and the saw really makes the marquetry easy. Or at least easier. I use a 6/0 blade.

Tom – Thanks! You have some fantastic turnings!!!

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 06-05-2010 01:44 PM

Nice box John, the marquetry really looks nice.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 06-05-2010 02:31 PM

“Treasure Nest” I love it….lol

Outstanding job on the boxes John. I really love the marquetry. You sir have real talent.

Thank you for sharing. I have always wanted to give marquetry a try and seeing work like this is good inspiration…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 06-05-2010 02:44 PM

really nice , red oak is one of my favorites to work with – watch out , box making is addicting

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 07:51 PM

Paul – Thanks for the kind words. Not quite to your level yet but working on it. I love your table with the lily. My goal is to include some marquetry into some furniture. Not ready to take the plunge yet so am just doing small pictures. What method of marquetry do you use and what type of press do you use?

Maveric 777 – Check out the marquetry saw I built posted in my projects. I hope to put a video up soon on how it works. I have about $35.00 in material to build it. Using the double bevel method, the saw really takes all the frustration out of the process. I want to make a miter Key sled and realy like yours. What are the demensions?

Eric – Love your boxes. It looks like you are using an incra jig. Am I correct? I picked up an incra jig a a garage sale a few years back but havn’t realy used it. Any tips?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 07:54 PM

These are beautiful. I’m not sure I would have the patience to cut and fit those small pieces.

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#13 posted 06-06-2010 01:35 AM

Both look very nice. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 06-07-2010 02:01 PM

I couldn’t tell it was your first by looking at it! Great job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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