First attempts at marquetry

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Project by grego posted 11-22-2011 06:49 PM 1948 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of early attempts at marquetry.

The butterfly motif box is on it’s way to my Mom for Christmas (don’t tell her!) I think it’s the first “all my own work” item I’ve given her in 45 years or so – hope it was worth the wait! Pine box, hand tool construction – another slowly developing skill. Lid is veneered with quilted maple, and of course a stray butterfly that wandered on to it as I was working. Butterfly veneers came from a Lee Valley grab bag – not sure what they are. Butterfly species is “artisticus licensi.”

The ship is my attempt at capturing the Russian tall ship Pallada which my wife and I were lucky enough to tour during a visit to Victoria in the summer. This one might remain a wall plaque, or could become a box lid at some future date.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 11-22-2011 07:13 PM

Excellent job! The butterfly really looks like it is hovering over the lid of the box.

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

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 07:16 PM

Nice work on both of them.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 07:42 PM

Very nice work.

I like both of them.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 11:35 PM

Beautiful work. I really like that box.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 11:36 PM

Wow, beautiful. You did great!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 01:13 AM

Amazing and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
The ship looks good, and I really like your choice of material for the “water”.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 03:01 AM

Very nice gift for Mom , about time. LOL
Just kidding you did very well !

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 04:07 AM

Nice box and the butterfly looks great.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 04:48 AM

Excellent work. I imagine the thin parts of the antenna, etc, were pretty difficult.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 05:45 AM

Looking good

-- Billp

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 06:03 AM

Nice work Greg.
What can I say? Marquetry and a ship, I’ve gotta love that.

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

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 03:53 PM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 05:37 PM

Thanks to all for the encouragement!

Bobasauras, I came across a technique for the thin lines on a UK marquetry website: cut them with a bevel from the rear of the picture and squeeze in a sliver of veneer. Provided the sanding isn’t overdone, a very thin line appears on the front.


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#14 posted 11-24-2011 03:53 PM

That is awesome. Great work.

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