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Project by shipwright posted 805 days ago 2856 views 21 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In Boulle style marquetry you cut a design once in a stack of different veneers. When you separate all the parts, you “mix and match” them to provide a number of similar motifs. I cut these designs originally just as an exercise, to tune my cutting skills but when you do that, after all the work you’ve put in you have to find a place to put them. I decided that three simple mitered boxes would do the job and had the idea to continue the “mix and match” format of the marquetry.

So these boxes, each a little higher than the last, represent I guess three little steps in my quest to become a marqueteur.

The materials are Holly, Lacewood and black dyed veneer (although I ran out and used grey inside the lids) and again Holly, Lacewood and aniline dyed Western Maple solids.

The hinges are my easy integral style although Andy (gadfm) has made far more of them than I have now. (maybe they should be “Andy Hinges”. That has a nice ring.)

The finish is rubbed shellac and the glue, of course, hot hide.

Thanks for looking. Comments, questions, critiques, always welcome.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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JL7

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#1 posted 805 days ago

These are superb Paul…....wow!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Andy

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#2 posted 805 days ago

Great work, lots of patience and a steady hand.
I just dont have what it takes for doing this level of work. I salute you.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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SPalm

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#3 posted 805 days ago

Amazing, just amazing.
I know that these are all from the same stack, but it still just amazes me to seem them separated.

You are getting closer to the title of Marqueteur. Real close.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 805 days ago

These are all absolutely beautiful ! The detail in your scrolling and marquetry are superb!
Oh, and in regards to your “quest” to become a marqueteur….my friend, you are there !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 805 days ago

Very excellent work Paul. You have really become proficient and creative with your marquetry.
the combinations really cause each box to stand out.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Druid

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#6 posted 805 days ago

Hi Paul. Great way to show how beautiful marquetry can be. I like the matching interior design . . . very nice touch. What size/type of blade were you using?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 805 days ago

Beautiful job, Paul.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 805 days ago

Paul, these are beautiful. All of your work is very impressive.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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cwdance1

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#9 posted 805 days ago

Wow, wow and wow.

Can you send me just one percent of your skills?

Wonderful job

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JoeyG

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#10 posted 805 days ago

I don’t have the words. As Steve said, simply amazing.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 805 days ago

Super nice, Paul. You are a master at that!!....................Jim

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

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RogerBean

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#12 posted 805 days ago

Paul,
Very nice indeed. Hard to pick a favorite.
Roger

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

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boxcarmarty

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#13 posted 805 days ago

I’ve been watching your projects for quite awhile and your work still blows my mind…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Cozmo35

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#14 posted 805 days ago

Outstanding skills and craftsmanship!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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jaykaypur

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#15 posted 805 days ago

Simple elegance….......times three.

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

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