Basket Weave Parquetry Box

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The third of five boxes I have been working on, this box features a parquetry basket weave lid with a Pau Ferro veneer and mahogany border. The sides are also made from Pau Ferro veneer applied over ½ inch MDF. It is trimmed with walnut. The 10.5”x 8”x 4.5” box is finished with several coats of shellac and then waxed. The removable tray is made from maple.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 275 days ago

very nice! Love the pattern

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 275 days ago

Very beautiful work.

-- 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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#3 posted 275 days ago

Outstanding Box! Love that Mahogany and the top is incredible!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 275 days ago

The basket weave pattern is well done. the whole box looks very clean

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#5 posted 275 days ago

Nice looking box! Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 275 days ago

Great looking box the parquetry is excellent and the box build is very nice.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 275 days ago

Beautiful work. I love the grain continuity.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#8 posted 275 days ago

Hi Peter
That is a good looking box especially The top panel.
I would like a little info on how it was done .

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 275 days ago

Hi Kiefer: This box top was the result of another Lee Valley seminar.

As the instructor said, the basket weave, once the method is explained is quite easy to construct.

It made from 2 basic components. Numerous black dyed veneer squares (1/4” x 1/4”) and cherry veneer rectangles 1/2” x 3/4”.

Start by cutting the black veneer into 1/4 inch strips. Then cut the strips into 1/4” squares.

Similarly cut the cherry veneer into 1/2 strips then cut out 3/4” pieces. The cherry pieces are sand shaped at each end to give the illusion that they are going behind each other.

Using some Mac-Tac paper start to build the pattern. Adhere on black 1/4 square then built from there adding the rectangles and squares. It like laying a bunch of tiny tiles. Once you have the pattern built up on your Mac-Tac cover the whole thing with veneer tape. Carefully trim and remove from the Mac-Tac. If the veneer tape adheres properly it should all pull away without loosing any of the squares or rectangles. Add whatever veneer type board you want to around your basket weave pattern and adhere that with veneer tape.

Then adhere this veneer to you backing board and another veneer to the other side (to create a three ply). In the seminar, mostly for expedience they used contact cement, but I suspect that glue and a veneer press is the better method to adhere the veneer.

Following the seminar I purchased a book The Marquetry Course by John Metcalfe & John Apps which included the process to do two types of basket weave patterns. I think its a pretty good book for beginners like me. LJers may have other recommendations.

I’d be pleased to answer any other questions, although given the number of LJ marquetry experts I barely feel qualified to do so.

Kiefer, thanks for your kind comments.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 275 days ago

Very nice job on this one too Peter. The top parquetry pattern is well done and I love the excellent grain match at the corners. I also use shelf liner for my pattern assembly, but find that i can go right from the shelf liner into the press without the added step of veneer taping and removing the adhesive film.

Looks like you have got the hang of the sand shading too!

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

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#11 posted 275 days ago

Hi Mathew, actually my sand shading is a little like my cooking. Most of them were a little too well done!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 275 days ago

That looks totally awesome Peter!! I love the weave using the Parquetry method. A very effective enhancement for this box!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 275 days ago

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 275 days ago

Very nice! I’d like to see a closer view of the top panel and a brief explanation of how you accomplished it.

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#15 posted 275 days ago

Dozer, here is a pic of the top panel.

I provided a brief explanation of how it was done in an earlier comment above. Thanks for looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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