|Project by Woodbridge||posted 11-17-2013 07:36 PM||2513 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
This is the first of two similar marquetry boxes that I have made in the last week or so.
I am encouraged and inspired by the wonderful marquetry projects posted by so many talented LJers, in particular Elaine’s series of blogs featuring her art nouveau marquetry box.
So I have decided that one of my one of my up-coming chair projects will include a marquetry component.
I’ve never done marquetry before, so I enrolled in a few Marquetry and Parquetry seminars offered by Lee Valley. The instructors were fabulous, in this case two gentlemen who were founders of the Marquetry Society of Canada . Like most of these Lee Valley seminars, by the end of the day you come away with a small finished project. In my case, a marquetry picture of a wolf howling in the moonlight.
The pattern was cut by hand using a fret saw and a 4/0 saw blade. When I remembered to cut in counter clockwise direction and had the saw angled correctly the seams are tight. Others times , not so much….
I decided to use the panel as the lid for a box. It was glued, with contact cement, to a piece of Baltic birch plywood and the inside face veneered as well. (A veneer press is now on my to-do list.) The 11.5” X 9.5” x 3.5” box is and is made from ½” walnut, features mitred joints with walnut splines. The removable tray is made from oak. It is finished with shellac and then waxed.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario