Oeben Boxes #3: The First Actual Box Begins

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 08-27-2017 12:33 AM 2024 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Shading and Border Assembly Part 3 of Oeben Boxes series Part 4: Assembling the Parquetry Panels »

I’ve been spending way too much time enjoying my fine little sailboat this summer and really haven’t been in the shop very much at all. However this past week I decided that something had to be done with the Oeben marquetry pieces so I started the first of four boxes. The plan is to start with a very simple jewellery box and make each successive box more complex than the last. This is one of the challenges of cutting in piece by piece and having four copies of the marquetry.

The box itself is shaped from some solid Western Maple that I’ve had for some time. I used the joinery as an excuse to play with my shop made planes and it was an enjoyable afternoon of work.

The corner posts, in order to mimic the shape of the top are shaped from solid Purpleheart.

The top needed a solid Purpleheart edge that had to perfectly fit the mounted marquetry so I made a pattern and used my little pin router.

The mechanical table that was the inspiration for my marquetry tops has aprons done in a parquetry of Tulipwood and Ribbon Bloodwood so I decided that would be a good way to go to keep the homage to Oeben true to spirit at least. This is getting long so I’ll leave you with a teaser of the parquetry cutting and do another segment soon showing the process.

Thanks for looking in.


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

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#1 posted 08-27-2017 01:12 AM

Excellent work….as always

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 01:55 AM


This is going to be another spectacular box. Thanks for sharing the details.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 02:23 AM

Paul, As ever over the top nice! Really liked the jig probably steal that. LOL! I’m going to shoot a little lower in my goals for my next box. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 02:28 AM

Paul, you don’t make boxes. You create works of art.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 02:32 AM

That’s just amazing Paul. Sure wish I could work at that level.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 08-27-2017 02:41 AM

Great workmanship, love the marquetry.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 08-27-2017 03:42 AM

Yep, Paul… you don’t create woodworking…

You create Works of Art!

Everything you do is simply Art! Beautiful art!

Thank you for sharing!

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#8 posted 08-27-2017 10:18 AM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#9 posted 08-27-2017 11:33 AM

Great work Paul it looks great! I bet its hard to pull yourself away from that boat especially with your boating season getting shorter every day.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 08-27-2017 02:18 PM

The Art of an Artist! Am enjoying your post!
I always learn something from your work.

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#11 posted 08-27-2017 02:38 PM

That is an enjoyable blog you are putting together and I will follow it to the end .
The box already looks great and I anticipate a masterpiece when done .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 08-27-2017 02:42 PM

Unbelievably awesome work Paul. The shape itself is beautiful. I fully understand the time on the water. When you enjoy doing something why not do it more often.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 08-27-2017 04:46 PM

Amazing, I can’t wait to see the rest Paul. It will be beautiful.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#14 posted 08-27-2017 05:27 PM

That is beautiful. Just wow.

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#15 posted 08-27-2017 06:56 PM

Paul, It is coming along nicely, the veneer must be quite thin to be able to cut it with a guillotine, I have just been cutting some rosewood myself and had to saw the veneer then fit it using a shooting board.

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