|Project by shipwright||posted 06-23-2011 12:41 AM||4571 views||29 times favorited||49 comments|
This is a tea box that I built for my sailing friend Arnie. He was a career navy sailor before retirement and spent time in Canada’s sailing embassador “Oriole”. He has also done considerable offshore sailing on his own so the theme of the box is fitting. And oh yes, he’s a tea drinker.
One of the things about learning classic style marquetry is that after you have finished the piece you were working on, you still have several identical motifs left over and a search begins for places to use them. This box includes one of the tea clipper motifs that I did originally for the face of my chevalet as well as the smaller albatross that I used to demonstrate the Boulle style in my marquetry styles blog: http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/23780
The box is made from spalted big leaf Maple with the top frame dyed black. The field veneer on the outside of the lid is the same Maple and on the inside is Eucalyptus. The splines are ebony.
The Arbutus dividers are not glued either together or into the box – for easy cleaning.
Everything is assembled with hide glue rubbed joints. No clamps were used except to press the marquetry.
About that hinge, I have been looking around and did an LJ’s search but can’t find any record of a hinge like this one. I did invent it but I am also sure that I can’t be the first. It is the easiest to make wooden hinge I have ever seen, really, and it aligns and moves beautifully. It is completely blind and stops just past 90 degrees. I am going to use this hinge a lot in the future.
Thanks for looking,
As always, comments questions and critiques are welcome.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/