When it comes to building boats, I guess after 30 years of it I am a professional, but as a hobby woodworker I’m pretty new. Boatbuilding has given me lots of skills and abilities with tools but the scale of projects and the individual manual skills required to make small cabinets and art furniture are totally different. I am a real beginner at this stuff and am having a ball trying to learn everything at once. I retired five and a half years ago, following which my wife and I rebuilt our house and I built myself a sailboat. When these necessities were taken care of I started to play with furniture. The first pieces were for our home and had to fit a certain kind of decor and agree with both our tastes. When we finally had all the pieces we needed, I decided to just let my creative side loose and build whatever came to my mind and the result was Oops!
I discovered LumberJocks as I was finishing “Oops!” and I posted it along with a few of my other projects. The response from all of you simply blew me away. This sort of recognition from other woodworkers who know what they are looking at and understand how things are done was quite new to me and a bit intoxicating I might say. Needless to say planning was already underway for a “next project” before the last was completed but the welcome I received here was a real catalyst to make me try to build something special again if I could. These are the “plans” that I came up with for the next project.
The main concept was another grain matched, mitered box, like “Oops!” but with significant differences. I always like to incorporate at least one thing in a project that I’m not sure I can do or maybe that I’m not sure has been done before. So here are the goals and challenges the I set for this little box.
1) Build a “box on stand” that will produce an emotional response in those who view it, with luck it will make people smile.
2) Learn scrollsaw marquetry.
3) Find a way to produce color in marquetry without needing to tailor a project to the colors of veneer I can find.
4) Hang the little sucker in a tree!
The challenges were really just making all the goals happen. The almost finished project seems to have covered the bases and I’m really quite excited about how it will finally look with all the finish coats on so if you’ll stay with me here for a few days I’ll walk you through the process from the sketch above to the final product and I’ll share all the things that I learned in the process.
Thanks for looking
Comments, critiques, and questions are welcome and encouraged.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/