Venetian Mask

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Project by tomd posted 267 days ago 762 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 1/2” plywood box covered with walnut crotch veneer, black and white banding on all edges and on the lid is a marquetry of a Venetian mask. The mask was taken from a photo of one I saw at Epcot. The finish is WB poly, I used WB poly as to not amber the white veneer which has happened to me when I used shellac or oil based poly. The interior has the quadrant hinges and full mortise lock, the entire interior is covered with black velvet, the interior lid also has white satin ribbon and brass buttons. The lift out tray is poplar with black accents. Thanks for looking.

-- Tom D

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#1 posted 267 days ago

Very nice

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#2 posted 267 days ago

Nice Tom.
I love those Venetian masks. Around carnival time in Venice the shops are just full of those.
The tourists just snap them up ….. mine’s on the kitchen wall.

I always admire the interiors of your boxes Tom, and this is another beauty.


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#3 posted 267 days ago

Your work is always a joy to behold my friend.
And you certainly didn’t disappoint this time either.

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#4 posted 266 days ago

Hi Tom,

Very Nice box, inside & Out!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 266 days ago

Tom, Another keeper ! very nicely done!

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#6 posted 266 days ago

beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 266 days ago

What a beauty, Tom! The harlequin pattern on the lid interior is a great match with the mask. Really pleasing in every way.

-- jbschutz

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#8 posted 266 days ago

very nice work well done!

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#9 posted 266 days ago

Great work. Very elegant

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#10 posted 266 days ago

Wow so many great things on this build…... Great work love the inlay…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 266 days ago

Two works of art Tom. The marquetry and the box itself. Both extremely well crafted and designed as your work always is. I especially loved the box interior with all the interesting details and the wonderful top tray design. All done with great craftsmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 266 days ago

Very theatrical performance, inside and out Tom. Beautiful!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 266 days ago

This is so nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 266 days ago

as he said, elegant.

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#15 posted 265 days ago

Very fine. Very elegant. I really like the way you did the inside. The 2-tone tray is an eye catcher also. Very awesome build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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