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Project by shipwright posted 377 days ago 1777 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m back experimenting with “watercolor dying” marquetry. These little hummer boxes were made to determine the feasibility of assembling and finishing hand dyed marquetry without sanding at all. When dyes are applied this way they don’t get to soak in much so sanding is difficult without losing the color.

The marquetry pieces were cut Boulle style on the chevalet from a packet of six layers, all maple. After cutting the individual pieces were dyed with an artist’s brush and reassembled. At this point a coat of wipe on poly was applied to seal in the dye and they were applied to a maple substrate.

All six box components (sides, tops and bottoms) are identical square pieces with miters on all sides. The tops were reduced in thickness to allow for the marquetry. After assembly with masking tape and hot hide glue the tops were sawn off and a mitered lip placed inside for a snug “snap down” fit. A final sanding made sure everything lined up perfectly. The finish is satin wipe on poly. For very simple mitered boxes they are actually quite attractive.

I was keeping track of time to see if they could ever be made profitably. They took about two hours each first time and could be done in not much more than half that if they were cut and assembled twelve up instead of six.

Hand dying marquetry fascinates me and with what these taught me I have started a much bigger, more complex piece. You’ll have to wait for that one.

Thanks for looking in. ............... I hope I made you smile.

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





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 377 days ago

Very cool and it looks like dainty work. I think that if you finish them with a clear coat, then you can wet sand and level the surface of finish material without disturbing the dyed pieces….........Jim

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

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Woodenwizard

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#2 posted 377 days ago

Nicely done Paul. even If I don’t get into the coloring, I need to try my hand at the Boulle style packet cutting. Having multiple copies would be very beneficial. So much to do and so little time. I guess I just need to add it to my to do list.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 377 days ago

Simply MAGNIFICANT! I particularly like the Humming bird pattern and the quality and clearness of the maple is really something to admire

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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sandhill

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#4 posted 377 days ago

Nice project Paul. Cant wait to see the next piece your working on.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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grizzman

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#5 posted 377 days ago

there really beautiful paul, its always fun trying new things , and you have done a wonderful job with this…looking forward to the next item of wooden joy….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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peteg

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#6 posted 377 days ago

Yes Paul I can vouch for your ability to produce a series of identical pieces as you did with the coaster set you sent me, I have looked at these several times but can’t see any variations,
These are lovely little colourful boxes & would make great gifts .
Well done “Inlay king”
cheers Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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LittlePaw

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#7 posted 377 days ago

They ae very delicate and beautiful, Paul. How big are the boxes?

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 377 days ago

They all look very nice & cool to me…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Mathew Nedeljko

590 posts in 2462 days


#9 posted 377 days ago

Well done Paul, I really have to try this. The hummingbird is a universally recognized motif and I really like how the flower turned out too. You should have no trouble selling these. What is your marketing plan?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 377 days ago

Amazing boxes, the superb execution is incredible!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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rance

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#11 posted 377 days ago

I like the pattern, I like the simplicity of the boxes, and I admire your workmanship. Looks like a good pattern for a beginner to try. Thanks for sharing your skills.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Jim Rowe

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#12 posted 377 days ago

Very nice! Did you add a black border around each colour or is that appearance from the dying process?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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stefang

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#13 posted 377 days ago

These boxes are very attractive Paul. The dyed colors do give a bright decorative look. I like the humming bird motif too as I haven’t seen a live one since I lived in California. I think that was in when I was a little kid. The flowers came out extremely well too. I’m glad to see that you are experimenting as you always come up with interesting and creative ideas.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 377 days ago

Very beautiful and delicate! I love them and the colors are soft and pretty!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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kiefer

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#15 posted 377 days ago

Nice work Paul !
Love the colours .
Six at a time of these beauties ?
How about three left and three right facing is that possible ,just a thought .
I suspect Christmas presents being made .

-- Kiefer 松

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