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Project by RBWoodworker posted 06-01-2012 05:00 PM 2782 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my biggest issues with doing woodworking is the fact that I can start a project..get pulled off of it and not being able to get back on for a long time due to client projects.. after all I need to eat.. I took a little time to spray my top and do a rub out and this is the end results.. now.. I just need to get the base done and rubbed out and I can go back to the sideboard project I’ve had going for the last 3 years..

Anyways.. this is an ebony radial with a garland marquetry… you can see more off the blog on how I did it here…

I do teach these classes as well for those that are interested..

Thanks for looking

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 05:30 PM

Randall that is superb. Thank you for sharing it. Truly something to aspire to.

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 05:47 PM

Amazing table top Randy most excellence work. This is a beautiful beautiful piece. I really enjoyed reading your blog and your detailed account of what the class was like. I’ve always know your a talented craftsman but this brings your work up another 100 notches. I’m glad you were able to attend this class my friend.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 05:54 PM

wow. i’m excited about checking out your website.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 06:12 PM

This work is over the top beautiful, something we can all aspire to!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 06:56 PM

This is coming along nicely Randall. Thanks for the update. I’m working on a rather complex tabletop myself at the moment. This will help me keep going.

You do very nice work.

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

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 08:36 PM

Pretty shweeeeeeet! I’ve got a front porch with start and end dates that are six years apart. I show it to people when they make an adoring comment. I explain that it’s only a week’s work but spread out over thirty minute intervals every other weekend.

Anyway, really some sweet marquetry work, bro.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 10:12 PM

That is just way too beautiful! The inlay is also over the top. Thanks for showing.

-- $tudie

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#8 posted 06-01-2012 11:07 PM

I just read your blog Randall, and I was struck by the completely different ways of getting to the same place in the end that are taught in the class you attended and the one I did. I went to Patrick Edwards “American School of French Marquetry”. The processes are of course similar but are very different in the details.
I admire both of these masters very much and take inspiration from their work as well as others, including several Lumberjocks.
Can’t wait to see this table as a finished project.

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

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 11:20 PM

Thanks everyone..I appreciate all the kind comments..

Shipwright..I have always wanted to take Patricks class.. I have checked it out online and his work renders me speechless and is among some of my favorite pieces..the one thing I learned that I need to improve on is drawing the cartoons.. an accurate cartoon translates to a better marquetry panel and is the “blueprint” of the panel..the top that’s in the picture was my own creation and I drew the cartoon one evening..

Marquetry really opens up a whole new world of woodworking and things you simply cannot make with solid wood, you can with veneers..

-- Randall Child

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#10 posted 06-02-2012 12:45 AM

Gorgeous. Wow. I have some wood to try out some marquetry with, but it’s way down the list of projects, not by desire but by necessity…cars, work, etc.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 06-02-2012 03:38 AM

That’s one for the ages. Beautiful work!


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#12 posted 06-02-2012 04:05 AM


WOW! We certainly hope you only have one child because this could definitely be a point of contention in a will! LOL (Or you can get busy and make enough for each of your descendants!)

It is a family heirloom in the making!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 06-02-2012 05:50 AM

Beautiful work, congradulations on creating a wonderful piece of marquetry.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 06-02-2012 07:01 AM

Beautiful work there, just stunning…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#15 posted 06-02-2012 08:08 AM

Hi Randy;

There is quite a jump in your ability from when you would call me for simple veneering information, to now.

Fabulous job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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