Hand Tools Adventure #6: Finishing Up and the Top Marquetry

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 02-08-2014 04:41 AM 2749 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a bit anticlimactic after the project has been posted but I wanted to keep the “plane box” thing a secret. There were however some cool hand tool jobs that still had to be done and more adventures to be had so let’s get on with them.

The first order of business in getting the top going was to glue in the splines over the hinge pins, locking the pin in place in the top. The difference here was that the spline had to be veneered over to match the interior.

Then on to the rebate for the lid. Here I’m making a knife cut at the total depth of the rebate to sharply define the edge.

...and here I am cleaning the rebate out down to the cut line with my new router plane. I used a plywood piece the same height as the lid to ride the off side of the router plane on. It worked very well.

Sorry, this one is just arty. When I was doing this I was remembering someone on the forum last week remarking about how cool two tone shavings were. ..... I agree.

I have a little confession to make here. I had no idea what the box would be used for when I started the build and only accidentally noticed one day as I was clearing up my bench that the planes fit very nicely in it. That evening I sat down and quickly sketched this idea for the lid marquetry. Details evolved but the idea stuck.

I won’t go into the cutting of the marquetry. I’ve posted lots of photos and videos on that process elsewhere here so let’s just say I cut it. Then did a french polish on the inside before assembly. The masking tape holds the piece down for polish and also protects the glue area from the finish.

The top gets glued in.

A little Zircote veneer hammered on the bottom edges.

.... and that’s about all the photos I have. I guess I got a little caught up in the run to the finish. .... sorry.

So that will about wrap it up. I had a ton of fun with this and will do it again. Not every time as I still like the efficiency of power tools and I have too many ideas in my head to work at this rate all the time but the experiment has opened my eyes to a very different kind of woodworking with its own rewards and challenges and I guess that means I’ve grown a bit ….. and that’s always good.

Thanks for following along. I hope you were entertained (I know I was).


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

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 05:11 AM

Very cool Paul. Thanks for the ride.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 06:54 AM


Thanks for taking us on this very special journey. Some of us can only dream of doing such things so it’s nice to be able to live vicariously sometimes.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 12:40 PM

I’m not a marquetrist… if that’s a word, but, I really appreciate your talent in marquetry. It’s always nice eye-candy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 01:41 PM

Paul, outstanding. I’m going to try inlay for the first time shortly. I’m going to go back and review you posts.
Thanks for the post.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 02:50 PM

Paul: A great compliation of the steps that you followed and the fantastic results

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 02-08-2014 07:03 PM

That was a wonder and artistic adventure Paul! The outcome, spectacular!! Can’t wait to see what next is up your sleeve :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 01:29 AM

I had a great time following along Paul, I’m glad you waited to post this as it would have been anti-climatic to see it before it was posted.

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

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#8 posted 02-09-2014 01:56 AM

I certainly enjoyed the journey.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 02:42 AM

So awesome.

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 09:43 AM

Something to learn from every photo and text. Great blog Pual.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 02:35 AM

Great lid Paul. I’d like to know your process for going from rough drawing to finished drawing. Amazing.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 02-10-2014 03:25 AM

Thanks all. Philip, I photograph the sketch and then import it into Inkscape and trace it there. Then I can resize, choose my line thickness (I use .01”) and print as many copies as I need.

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

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 04:28 AM

Fantastic. Thanks Paul!

-- I never finish anyth

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