Tiger Lily Blanket chest

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Project by tinnman65 posted 06-16-2013 06:59 PM 1309 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its that time of the year again when I do a project for the lily themed art show at the local pottery store. I have never built a blanket chest before so I thought I would give it a go. The bones of the case are made from butternut and the exterior panels are plywood veneered with eucalyptus. I used cherry veneer for the inside panels except for the lid. I had other batch of eucalyptus and thought I would use it on the inside but I didn’t have enough to do the whole inside so I just did the lid. The bottom is cedar wall lining I bought at Lowes. I added a few butterflies and a White-fronted Bee-eater. The colors on the bird are a little strange but they are actually pretty true to the photo I made it from. The Marquetry is done with the piece by piece double bevel method and let me say all those leaves were a test of my patience :) I can still use some practice on sand shading but like anything the more you do it the better you get. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 07:01 PM

very very nice work here and i will add to my favorites.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 07:02 PM

and this better be the daily no. 1 project.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 07:16 PM

Speaking Paul to Paul here, I think it is just a fine piece.
The marquetry is sharp and the sand shading is just fine.
I do sort of hope the background darkens a little with age to show it off a little better though.

All around, great work!

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

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 07:57 PM

Very nicely designed chest .
The fantastic grain patterns and your wonderful marquetry are just icing on the cake : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 08:29 PM

Nice contrast on they artistry and the spectacular panel figuring , marquetry work really makes this piece shine!

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 08:34 PM

That is SWEET!!! Very nicely done and your marquetry is super!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 09:20 PM

I agree… that is just gorgeous. Nicely done!


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#8 posted 06-16-2013 11:07 PM

Wow for the blanket box and double Wow for the marquetry work….excellent craftsmanship well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 06-17-2013 12:05 AM

Excellent work….love the figure in the eucalyptus….marquetry is absolutely beautiful ….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 06-17-2013 12:48 AM

Wow! Where to start? The wood is gorgeous. The joinery perfect. The marquetry is amazing. Agree this should be an INSTANT #1!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 12:48 AM

beautiful piece nice workman ship

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#12 posted 06-17-2013 02:01 AM

Now that is a nice chest!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 06-17-2013 04:20 AM

That is one good looking blanket chest! Nice work throughout.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 06-17-2013 10:41 AM

now this is one gorgeous blanket chest. I like that the marquetry blends so nicely with the euc. totally gorgeous.

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