OK, The French Veneer (at last) #14: The promised pretty pictures

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 01-31-2015 04:47 AM 2048 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: 21st Century Painting in Wood Part 14 of OK, The French Veneer (at last) series Part 15: Top Sand Shading and Assembly »

Last entry I had just started cutting the top marquetry. This is the most complex piece I have attempted and yes that was also the case when I cut the ends. This cutting and assembly took between 55 and 60 hours but it is done at last.
I now have all the marquetry cut for the jewellery box and all that remains is sand shading, pressing,
and assembly.
..... it doesn’t sound too bad when you say it quickly. :-)

As promised, this entry has pretty pictures ( at least after endless cutting they are very pretty indeed to me)

First up the separating cuts to get pieces that will rotate inside the 18” saw frame.

This time I assembled on clear shelf liner over a flipped copy of the pattern. Turns out to be a far superior method of keeping track of all the tiny pieces.

As the sections neared completion there were some very fragile bits of background to keep an eye on.

When the background is finally added the whole thing just pops.

The fragile ground at the other end.

The two completed ends.

I cut the centre section in two so that I could work toward the top and bottom from the middle. The parts are held in alignment by two veneer nails at the top corners and two at the bottom corners.

Then it was the home stretch.

And at last .........

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 01-31-2015 05:12 AM

Ok Paul . . . WOW!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 01-31-2015 05:33 AM

Certainly a lot of work but certainly worth it. Very inspiring!

-- duane

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#3 posted 01-31-2015 05:48 AM

Awesome work. Do you have time for anything else? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 01-31-2015 05:51 AM

Intense work Paul…beautiful!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 01-31-2015 08:28 AM

Very impressive Paul.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#6 posted 01-31-2015 09:40 AM

A great example of what dedication, hard work, a lot of skill and talent can produce. This is looking pretty fantastic already, but it will look even better after sand shading! I hope you don’t get postpartum depression when this glorious project is finished Paul. It’s been quite a ride, and a very exciting one too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-31-2015 12:10 PM

Waw again.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2015 12:13 PM

Really awesome, Paul.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 01-31-2015 12:35 PM

Love it. Absolutely love it,
Well done Sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-31-2015 12:43 PM

Nicely done, Paul!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#11 posted 01-31-2015 01:03 PM


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#12 posted 01-31-2015 02:11 PM

Phyl and I are blown away.
Her comments may be the understatements of the year. ” Gee, that’s a lot of pieces” and, Paul does make pretty stuff”.

-- 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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#13 posted 01-31-2015 02:16 PM

Paul, needless to say this is stunning work! Just Wow.

I assume the numbers on the packet pattern correspond to the wood for that area. Is this a “painting in wood” packet?

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#14 posted 01-31-2015 02:25 PM

absolutely beautiful. That type of work requires and amazing amount of skill and time. Very impressive and great inspiration to keep practising my meagre marquetry work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 01-31-2015 04:06 PM

Just plain incredible. Thanks again for sharing.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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