Marquetry Box: Call of the Wild – Twilight

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Project by Woodbridge posted 276 days ago 1457 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 276 days ago

Awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 276 days ago

Very nice work Peter.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 276 days ago

Welcome to marquetry Peter. With your woodworking talent you will pick it up quickly.
I would suggest that you consider the chevalet. It is, in my opinion, the best marquetry cutting tool there is even though it is not new.
We have a forum about the chevalet here.

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

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#4 posted 276 days ago

Hi Paul, thanks for the info about the chevalet. I’ve scanned the forum and watched a couple of U-Tube videos (yours?) of the chevalet in action. It looks pretty nice. My shop is real small, do you know if anyone has made a workable mini version?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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-- CC, Richmond Hill, Ontario

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#6 posted 276 days ago

A very nice box and the marquetry on the top looks great…Excellent job.

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

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#7 posted 276 days ago

Great marquetry and a good job on those hinges, I know there not easy to fit.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 276 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

Tom the hinges re a bit finicky to install, but by the fifth box I was getting the hang of it. I found drilling out the mortice for the centre pin the most stressful, as I was afraid of drilling through the sides of the box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 275 days ago

Peter, there are bench-top versions that can be made but I think there will be some loss of the features that make the chevy so good. On the other hand, my marquetry shop in Az is six feet square and easily houses the chevalet, a 20” x 20” press, workbench c/w storage as well as veneer storage and a set of shelves. It is half of a small building that I share with the HWT and laundry appliances.

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

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#10 posted 275 days ago

That is a fine looking box especially nice because of the marquetry on the lid .
The marquetry trend is growing and we see some great work here on LJ’s from some very helpful people like Paul (Shipwright )and Patrice Lejeune .
You unlike me you seem to have a talent for this and I see some nice examples coming in your future works .
I have used a variety of hinges on my boxes lately but using quadrant hinges scares me a bit but you seem to have learned the installation process well ,they look great .
Well done !

-- Kiefer 松

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#11 posted 275 days ago

Thanks Kiefer.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 275 days ago

If this is your first attempt at Marquetry Peter … using a fret saw no less … I’m totally impressed! You’ve made great use of your Marquetry piece by incorporating it into, and creating such a beautifully finished and serviceable box.

I feel honoured to think my blogs on “Merlot Anyone?!” inspired you enough to give Marquetry a try … thank you! ... and I hope you have lots more artistic fun with it :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 275 days ago

Very well done. There are various marquetry techniques and I think using the hand held fret saw is one of the more difficult methods. You have done an admirable job.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#14 posted 275 days ago

great job on this Peter…you are on your way, and will find that you get better with each project you undertake.

When you get around to making a press, check out my bottle jack press.

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

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#15 posted 275 days ago

Very beautiful work. I particularly like how you used the wood grain in front of the moon.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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