Bengal Marquetry Box

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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 01-21-2011 07:38 AM 2726 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started this box back in September there was still hope for the Bengals. Despite their pathetic performance this year, I decided to stick with this despite several other projects that jump ahead of finishing this one. The marquetry is cut by hand using a fretsaw outfitted with 00 blade and features walnut, maple, and cherry veneer set into a field of mahogany.

One critical flaw is that I neglected to tape all the veneers prior to cutting them, and as a result several of the small pieces fell apart on me. I had to piece it all back together which was a royal pain, so lesson learned. The inside logo was taped and that went much better.

The box itself is rather straightforward, dovetailed in cherry, with the shop made mahogany veneered plywood bottom. I had a pair of really nice brass Brusso hinges on hand and decided to use them here. I really like the 95 deg stop built into these.

The best part of the box is the finish, 4 coats of General Finishes Arm r seal wiped on, sanded between coats, with final sanding all the way up to 12,000 grit using micro-mesh paper I got as a Christmas gift. It is smooooooth.

Thanks for looking!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 07:52 AM

Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 08:23 AM

good work


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#3 posted 01-21-2011 08:28 AM

Hi Mathew.

Here’s a trick I learned this year for laying out the pieces for marquetry. It’s called a stretched caul.

Take a piece of plywood or MDF slightly larger than the piece and wrap it tightly in brown paper. Once the paper is secured well, dampen it and let it dry. This will leave the paper drum head tight.

Now lightly glue your pattern pieces to the paper with the good side against the paper using a water soluble glue. When it is done, cut the paper free from the support piece and flip it right side up. Apply to your project in the usual manner (a vacuum press is best). Use a non water soluble glue to set it on the project. Once it is cured, dampen the back of the paper and peal or scrape off.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 12:44 PM

Nice job I really like the double inlay.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 01:48 PM

Nick work on that inlay! I hate the bengals but I still think your work is superb!


Jesse Williams
Urbana, Ohio

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 03:30 PM

Nice work! But you better try a different team!!!!

-- Stumpybear,Petersburg PA

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 04:26 PM

Well done Mathew!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 04:30 PM

great work, very nice box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 01-21-2011 04:50 PM

Very nice work Mathew. I need to learn marquetry so I can make a Packer box.

-- Glen

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#10 posted 01-21-2011 05:13 PM

Nice work,Matt! I certainly admire your patience. Who Dey !!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 01-21-2011 06:51 PM

nice work…

Don’t be a fairweather fan! When Dick LeBeau was still coach I used to get seats at the 50-yard line ten rows back for around ten bucks a seat. Maybe one of these days Mike Brown will sell the team to someone who actually cares more about winning then dollar signs.

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#12 posted 01-21-2011 07:41 PM

Man, I think something like that would make an awesome gift for my brother.

But I’ll have to change the inside to say GEAUX TIGERS.. (^_^)

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#13 posted 01-22-2011 06:33 PM

Great work! If only the Bengals had a fraction of the talent that went into making this…

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#14 posted 04-23-2011 05:40 PM

Very nice, I think you did a great job! It’s great to see other craftsman into marquetry.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 12-30-2011 04:47 PM

beautiful job

sailorjo70 nl.canada

-- george Nl,Canada

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