Oeben Boxes #4: Assembling the Parquetry Panels

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 08-27-2017 10:30 PM 3195 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off yesterday with a peek at the parquetry pieces being cut for the sides of the box. The guillotine I was using is a Q&D copy of a commercially available cutter that I built years ago and am finally using for the first time in a project.
It worked perfectly and made short work of the many small pieces.

Cutting the Tulipwood strips, crisp and accurate.

Then the Ribbon Bloodwood diamond centres.

On to the assembly working from the centre out starting with some diamonds.

Here are the assembled panels, ready for pressing to the box parts.

The panels needed to be very accurately pressed to the side pieces so I sized them exactly first and then jigged up the alignment to reduce the chances of slippage. I used Old Brown Glue on these for the extended open time.

Once pressed, a little clean-up finishes the job. ....

..... and a dry fit looks like this.

That’s it for now. Thanks for looking in.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 08-27-2017 10:37 PM

Paul, you’re making quick progress. It’s looking good!


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#2 posted 08-27-2017 11:19 PM

Coming right along. I like that guillotine you made.

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 11:24 PM

Beautiful work, Just beautiful !!!!!!

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 11:25 PM

You’re killin’ it here Paul!

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 11:43 PM

Very nice

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 01:54 AM

Still think you should put legs on it! Exceptional as ever.

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 03:35 AM

Paul, your work is extraordinary.

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#8 posted 08-28-2017 10:14 AM

Looking good, as always!

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 12:37 PM

Top shelf as always, Paul!!!

cheers, Jim

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#10 posted 08-28-2017 01:49 PM

Paul, Looks wonderful, keep posting, as your fans love to see your work. It’s pretty inspiring and urges me to get back on my box work. Right now though it looks like I’ve got chevalets in my future : ) Patrick has ordered five for his classroom, that is going to keep me busy for a while. Your box is looking awesome!

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#11 posted 08-28-2017 02:11 PM

What? No CNC??!!!
Beautiful art from an exceptional craftsman!

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#12 posted 08-28-2017 03:27 PM

Thanks again to all.

Martin, it’s just too small to be a table. .... and it does have (short) legs.

Dave, good news. Patrick could use a straight chevalet or five. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 08-29-2017 02:01 PM

Looks like a lot of progress since your last post and taking shape .


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