Flower Marquetry Box

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Project by mauibob posted 03-05-2011 02:25 PM 3898 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box for a dear friend of ours who many years ago lost her woodworking husband. She had an old box of veneers that she gave me and I placed a few of these into the marquetry flower.

The box is made of cherry with koa miter splines, and the flower marquetry includes burl walnut (background), birdseye maple, quartersawn maple, pearwood, sapele and figured teak. The flower design was my modification of a 17th, early 18th, century marquetry segment from a William & Mary tall case clock.

I covered the inside of the box with a floral Japanese washi paper which I attached with 3M spray adhesive.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 02:35 PM

What better way to use the veneers than to give a beautiful gift in return. Nice box… and nice work on the marquetry.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 03:02 PM

nice box love the flower marquetry.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 03:11 PM


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 03-05-2011 03:33 PM

Very nice box! What a great gift.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 03-05-2011 04:23 PM

Wonderful work. The burl is a perfect background for the flower.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-05-2011 04:30 PM

Beautiful and a kind gift.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 03-05-2011 04:54 PM

Beautiful work so well done

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 03-05-2011 04:58 PM

Sharp looking box, beautiful work on the marquetry, and a very fine gesture to your friend, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 03-05-2011 05:03 PM

Beautiful work Bob..

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

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 05:23 PM

this is stunning – and the story behind it, beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 05:57 PM

Nice work on the marquetry! What method did you use to cut this? Good choice for the burl background, makes the flower really pop! Really like the paper on the inside too. Nice touch.

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

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#12 posted 03-05-2011 05:59 PM

Beautiful marquetry

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

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 06:27 PM

Supremely beautiful! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#14 posted 03-05-2011 06:58 PM

Very nice marquetry, Great job!

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

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#15 posted 03-05-2011 08:44 PM

Nicely done! The marquetry is great and just pops of the burl.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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