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First attempts at marquetry

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Project by grego posted 877 days ago 1353 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.

Greg





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 877 days ago

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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Ken90712

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#2 posted 877 days ago

Nice work on both of them.

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

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lanwater

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#3 posted 877 days ago

Very nice work.

I like both of them.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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jaykaypur

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#4 posted 876 days ago

Beautiful work. I really like that box.

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

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#5 posted 876 days ago

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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jeepturner

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#6 posted 876 days ago

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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kiefer

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#7 posted 876 days ago

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

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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tomd

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#8 posted 876 days ago

Nice box and the butterfly looks great.

-- Tom D

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bobasaurus

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#9 posted 876 days ago

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

-- Allen, Colorado

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Billp

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#10 posted 876 days ago

Looking good

-- Billp

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shipwright

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#11 posted 876 days ago

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 fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Moron

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#12 posted 876 days ago

sweet

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

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grego

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#13 posted 876 days ago

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.

Greg

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ed220

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#14 posted 875 days ago

That is awesome. Great work.

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