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Project by shipwright posted 975 days ago 2669 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one started out as a bit of marquetry just to practice cutting, sand shading and to test my new home made drum sander:

The trouble is that when you’ve finished playing, you need to find a use for it. A quick mitered box seemed the easiest thing to make but when I was finished I discovered that a 6” cube is a really awkward size and doesn’t lend itself to much.
My solution was to make a six way divider and add elevating blocks in most of them. Then I could use it to organize a lot of clutter on top of my marquetry bench. I guess there may be a moral here. Something about having a use in mind before you make something.
At any rate with the dividers added it does a fine job.

The marquetry is glued with Patrick Edwards’ “Old Brown Glue” and the box is glued with regular 192 gm hide glue. It is just “off the tablesaw” (ShopSmith) miters quickly assembled with the glue and masking tape.

Most fun part: I got to use my chevalet, my drum sander, and my marquetry press, all shop built.

Thanks for looking, Merry Christmas,


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

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#1 posted 975 days ago

Fine work, as always.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 974 days ago

That has to be one of the most elaborate small boxes I seen for a while, youn just had to get thoes new toys out & play, very well done Paul (as always),
Big Xmas Wish to you & the family & I hope 2012 bring you all your dreams.
Starting to warm up down heh now The pool is up to 31* (C) Pete

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

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#3 posted 974 days ago

Nice work, Paul. I always like to see what you are up to because you do fine work.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 974 days ago

i was wondering what you were going to use that for, good choice, but im still waiting for that boat to be built in your small shop in arizona…dont give me any i cant do it answers…lol….i know if it can be done, your the one to do it…lol…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 974 days ago

Great work, Paul.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 974 days ago

Nice project , paul!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 974 days ago

such a simple little project—-NOT…you cant do simple, can you??? AWESOME…


BTW—-did you see the Friendship Sloop from Vancouver area in Wooden Boat Magazine???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 974 days ago

A use in mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Sweet. That is really nice.

So… Did you cut all four (2×2) designs at the same time? Are you going to give us a blog on sand shading?

This is so much fun to watch,
Merry Christmas,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 974 days ago

I find this work so remarkable. You make it look like child’s play. I have a commission to make a humidor for a client and would love to incorporate some marquetry. You continue to inspire and raise the bar for the rest of us.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 974 days ago

Your work is amazing…. Just beautiful! I agree with Doc Ken you inspire all of us.

Thanks for Sharing And Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 974 days ago

Paul, it’s because of people like you on LJ that I only look at the members projects here when my wife is not near the computer, otherwise she would say “Make me one of those”. If only I had the talent that you have. This box is another beautiful project, as always. Merry Christmas from British Columbia.


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Mathew Nedeljko

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#12 posted 974 days ago

Paul, as usual that turned out very nicely. Great job with the sand shading! Love the use of the egg carton as a tray to hold all those little pieces.

I don’t think you are going to get bored of seeing that organizer sitting on your bench anytime soon.

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

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#13 posted 974 days ago

By the way Paul, what are those other packets you have hiding in the background? ...don’t hold back! Let’s see em!

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

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#14 posted 974 days ago

What’s left to say except sweet.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 974 days ago

Another home run Paul!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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