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A Bit of French Marque...tray

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This is my first marquetry tray. You can only build so many boxes so I am branching out looking for new marquetry venues. A serving tray seemed to be a nice place to start. The design is my own and grew and changed quite a lot during construction. The motif itself is from the workbook that came with Patrick Edwards’ course.

The “music” motif is one, if you are following my projects, that I suggest you get used to for a bit. I originally cut it in “painting in wood “style for an elaborate table I’m working on but decided I didn’t like it with the birdseye maple background. .... Soooo … I cut it again in classic style giving me four identical motifs with different backgrounds. Then of course I changed my mind again and used the original one on the table. This tray represents the first iteration of the four “classic” cuts. I will try to vary the presentations to reduce the yawn factor but they will be showing up.

The basic tray is sawn (not bent) curly cherry and besides the marquetry it is trimmed out with Sapele pomele (background and handles), and holly (stringing) veneers and a strip of amaranth (purpleheart) to tie the rim back to the central medallion.

The finish is french polish.

Thanks for looking

Comments, questions and critiques are always welcome.

Paul

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





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majeagle1

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#1 posted 789 days ago

OMG Paul, this is what I would call a “world class mrquetry tray” !!!
The design is just fantastic and unique ( I love it ) and the colors/wood combinations
just “pop”. Your french polish is first class…........ but now the critique…..
You made this so beautiful that now no one in there right mind would put anything on it !!!!!
I could stare at the talent and techniques that you put into this for days !
Thanks for sharing…again

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

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Karson

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#2 posted 789 days ago

A man of many cuts. I don’t like this lets make a change, Don’t like it either, Ops I really liked the first one.

Where I’m at on this. I love this one and I’m glad that you saved it for us to see.

I’m now looking forward for the other mistakes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Boatman53

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#3 posted 789 days ago

Nice job Paul. That tray turned out great.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 789 days ago

Very nice Paul

Such small pieces yet incredible grain

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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RogerBean

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#5 posted 789 days ago

Marvelous work Paul. I really love this one. The entire design is perfect, and the execution is flawless as per your usual. Each project more impressive than the last.
Roger

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

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Woodenwizard

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#6 posted 789 days ago

Outstanding Paul. Some day I hope to do something half as nice. I truly appreciate your sharing your talent with us.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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tinnman65

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#7 posted 789 days ago

Very nice Paul, I was looking at this thinking what a great job you did and then I zoomed the pics and was then really impressed with the finish you did, of course I do what most of us would do look at the pics first then read the description LOL ! It all makes sense now that I read it was a french polish finish :) Another great post.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Roger

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#8 posted 789 days ago

Super nice, as always, Paul. Very kool design also. Of coarse your marquetry is beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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AttainableApex

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#9 posted 789 days ago

ya great job, amazing

-- Ben L

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LittlePaw

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#10 posted 789 days ago

Beautiful Paul. It even resembles a canoe stern sailboat!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 789 days ago

Nice branching out you are doing!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#12 posted 789 days ago

WoW-Za…What I can I say but outrageously spectacular. I wouldn’t even know where to start if I wanted to make something that intricate….and i probably couldn’t make it anyhoo.

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

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bobasaurus

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#13 posted 789 days ago

The design of this tray is amazing, and your marquetry skills are top notch as always. I love the “curl” to the outer decorations. I want to make some marquetry of my own soon.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Druid

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#14 posted 789 days ago

Really beautiful piece of artistry Paul. Inspiring.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 789 days ago

Fantastic job, Paul.

Lee

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

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