"Facets" , Exploring a Dyeing Art

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Project by shipwright posted 01-29-2011 03:14 AM 4664 views 33 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

”Facets” is the third and probably last for now of my “Out of the Box on Stand” series. All of these have been veneered MDF boxes variously exploring the ideas of grain matching, wooden hinges, marquetry, dye techniques and innovative legs. ”Facets” further explores the marquetry and “watercolor” dye technique that started in ”Cabinetree” and the wooden hinges and whimsy of both ”Cabinetree” and ”Oops!” but strays from the square box concept of the others.

The dodecahedron is MDF veneered with spalted maple inside and Maple and Bubinga outside, the outside dyed with aniline dyes. The base is sculpted Garry Oak, again dyed and accented with gold leaf on the fleur de lis carvings. Total height is about 28”. The finish is a combination of water and oil based polyurethanes. The only metal in the piece is the 1/8” brass hinge pin.

I have no idea what this might be used for and as with the others it will be left for a future owner to decide. the property developers say “Will build to suit”.

The last photo shows one possible use, that being a place for the queen of your heart to store her crown between official engagements. It’s actually a crown that I made some years ago for my wife on a significant anniversary as part of a larger “Queen for the Day” package but it made a nice prop for the photo.

For more info on “Facets” see the construction blog at:

Thanks for looking. I hope it made you smile


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 03:23 AM

You absolutely made me smile my friend, excellent detailed work.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 03:23 AM

Wow, nice, fabulous, fantastic, etc., etc., etc., etc.
Would you ever tackle this type again, now that you know whats bumps are in the road?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 03:24 AM

This stopped me cold. One of the coolest boxes I’ve seen. Way up there.

Super cool, thanks for sharing, great to see…..................WOW…......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 03:25 AM

Beautiful, Piece of art!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 03:28 AM


This is beyond words! We’re glad you stated it’s size because we were thinking it was a tiny box for a ring or simlar. Everything about it is exquisite.


P.S. I’m still waiting for my “queen-for-a-day” opportunity when I can make up my sob story and get the robe, crown, and sceptor (and a new washer and dryer, too, maybe). . . oh, and I almost forgot, the dozen long-stemmed red roses!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 03:29 AM

Amazing. Just Amazing. I think your project will stay at the top of the Pulse page for a while.
- SY
- aka JJ

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 03:36 AM

Paul, that is a pretty serious bit of handywork, wouldn’t have a clue how you work out all thoes angles or even put it together, triggers thoughts of Atlas holding up the world.
Fantastic job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 03:47 AM

I had to look at this three times to take it all in.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 03:49 AM


Having followed this work and others you have posted, I can honestly say I am not totally surprised with the outcome. It is a wonderful accomplishment and I commend you effort and really fine work. Not to mention the photography and documentation. I can tell you that you are totally responsible for moving me forward to make a Joewoodworker vacuum veneer press. I’ve been gathering the materials and have downloaded his plan. With few adjustments of my own, I think he has a great plan, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. You’ve accomplished a really amazing task. Only a few people will try to take it from there, so to speak, but I admire you for making this appear in front of our eyes. Have you set a value for it? I’m saying it approaches $1000. Hope that comes to you or more. Loved the crown. What a nice idea.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 03:57 AM

Wow, that turned out fantastic! Thank you for sharing your process along the way, it’s impressive to see how it turned out from what you started with.

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#11 posted 01-29-2011 04:17 AM

That’s a really beautiful box. You set the bar high for yourself with cabinetree but I think you managed to meet your own high standard. As some others have said, thank you for sharing so much with us.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#12 posted 01-29-2011 04:26 AM

Wow Paul
This is an amazing and wonderful project . This is a great work of art with some fantastic and unique techniques to complete this beautiful piece . Thanks for sharing this great project with us all.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 04:56 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Beautiful piece and oustanding craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 01-29-2011 05:19 AM

Thanks everyone, your words are much appreciated.

Gary, now that I know the bumps, sure, it would be lots easier. That said I’m not much for production runs.

L/W, It would be a whole lot harder if it were ring box size. I’m not there yet.

Ken, I have to admit the photos are by a pro.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 01-29-2011 05:49 AM

HOLY MOLY!!! Wow, man I am without words, truely a beautiful piece!

-- If you build it, they will come

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