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Project by shipwright posted 12-21-2011 09:46 PM 3842 views 6 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 fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 09:48 PM

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 12-21-2011 10:20 PM

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 12-21-2011 10:24 PM

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


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 10:32 PM

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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#5 posted 12-21-2011 10:34 PM

Great work, Paul.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 10:41 PM

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 12-21-2011 10:42 PM

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 12-21-2011 10:57 PM

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 12-22-2011 12:05 AM

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 12-22-2011 12:22 AM

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 12-22-2011 01:16 AM

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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#12 posted 12-22-2011 01:53 AM

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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#13 posted 12-22-2011 01:56 AM

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 12-22-2011 02:11 AM

What’s left to say except sweet.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 12-22-2011 02:16 AM

Another home run Paul!

-- I never finish anyth

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