OK, The French Veneer (at last) #9: Just Some Pretty Pictures

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 12-04-2014 12:22 AM 3088 reads 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once the drawer mechanics were sorted out to my satisfaction, I was able to apply the marquetry to the last six and get a first coat of shellac on them to protect the surface until finishing time. I was prepared for it but the beauty and colours of the sawn veneers took me by surprise. I’m guessing that the vibrancy of the colours has something to do with the fact that the logs were not abused prior to the veneer being cut as is the case with slicing.

Whatever the cause, the result is stunning IMHO. Just thought you might enjoy a look.
(Yes I did notice the blob of junk on my lens …. but too late for these photos.)

Applying the shellac

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 12-04-2014 12:29 AM

Yep. Exactly the kind of awesomeness I was expecting both from you and from those great sawn veneers. And there’s still more to come!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 12:36 AM

I just watched the video and those colors just popped and everything came to life .
Boy you make it look like it is a everyday thing and I watch with amazement as you are creating this beautiful box .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 12:43 AM


Very nice!

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 01:30 AM

WOW! Just WOW! This is beautiful enough that I’ll have to show my wife. The danger is that she will expect me to make something like this for her, and I have a deficit of time- I don’t think I will live long enough to get to your level, even if I live another 30 years.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 01:42 AM

Simply outstanding..vibrant & stunning colors! How many hours will you have in this project?

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 01:50 AM

Très bien!

-- Art

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 02:04 AM

Absolutely incredibalistic Paul….you have really made tremendous advancements in your marquetry.

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 02:30 AM

Great stuff

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 02:30 AM

Incredible craftsmanship. Incredible colors.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#10 posted 12-04-2014 02:31 AM

Fantastic work, just another day in the work shop.

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#11 posted 12-04-2014 02:33 AM


WOW! This is exquisite. Can’t wait to see more.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 12-04-2014 03:03 AM

Unbelievable Paul, absolutely beautiful!

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#13 posted 12-04-2014 03:38 AM


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#14 posted 12-04-2014 04:00 AM

Thanks for the kind words.

Thomas, I’m just getting started the rest is much more complex. Wish me luck. :-)

gbear, I’m not counting hours on this project. It is special. A wild guess would be 100-150 at this point.

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

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#15 posted 12-04-2014 04:37 AM

You do beautiful work

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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