A Little Marquetry.........Very Little

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OK, this tiny box thing has probably just about run it’s course but I’ll add one more in full knowledge that it’s huge by comparison to at least two others. In it’s defense, it does have a little marquetry, cut Boulle style, on the sides. It’s dimensions are 4 mm x 5mm x 6mm high. I thought after the bottom was glued on that if I’d put it inside, just as easy, I could have saved a mm but I’ve heard that size isn’t everything.

This box is the simplest of the three, being made up of 11 pieces. The sliding lid box has 12 and I go dizzy trying to count the pieces in the apartment building sized one.

Again, the finish is sprayed on antique oil (WD40) and the woods are exotic dyed veneers from Lee Valley.

#1) Spades / Diamonds sides

#2) Hearts / Clubs sides

#3) Veneer waste, boxes, Dime

#4) Lid removed

#5) Family photo

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

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 1153 days ago

Does your Heart/Spade/club/Diamond box hold a full deck?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 1153 days ago

Hi Paul – Great job on all of them. I like them all.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 1153 days ago

Gene, If I’m building these, then clearly I’m not really sure what a full deck is :-)

Thanks John

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

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#4 posted 1153 days ago

Paul, can understand your being unsure, anybody making these minis just can’t be a full deck, Ha
It’s good to see you getting back to making decent size boxes :))))
suppose you cut the veneer on the new toys?
Wouldn’t life be booring without someone taking the p..s

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

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#5 posted 1153 days ago

Can you build me a clinker boat the same size please Paul?....with berths for 2 please

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 1153 days ago

You are certainly my closest competitor so far.

But, you have already posted your Huge box submission…...not fair !

Nice box , by the way .

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#7 posted 1153 days ago

Hey, I’ve always known that I’m a little goofey – that’s why the avatar! I don’t know which part of the deck I’m missing and frankly, I don’t care. In fact, if I had a full deck, I may not be enjoying wood carving as much. So I ain’t trading that for nuttin! LOLOLOL !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 1153 days ago

Now that’s tiny!, I think the smallest boxes I’ve made were about 1 inch square by about 1/2 inch tall.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#9 posted 1153 days ago

Another amazing lil bit!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#10 posted 1153 days ago

Hey Paul, did you take a picture of you cutting this on Chevy II?

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

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Chris Wainscott

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#11 posted 1153 days ago

OK guys I’ve been looking at these tiny boxes the last couple of days, now I’m cross-eyed LOL


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#12 posted 1153 days ago


-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#13 posted 1153 days ago

Woodworking is a small world ( and getting smaller all the time). Nice work Paul.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 1153 days ago

Brilliant, Paul. Not the smallest but the smallest patterned box so far.

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

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