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Eighteenth Century Cabinet #10: Change of Plans, Front Marquetry


This is part 10 in a 10 part series: Eighteenth Century Cabinet

  1. Some Joinery Pictures
  1. Summer Break
  2. Change of Plans, Front Marquetry

I know I said I was taking a break to get back to sailing for the summer but there was a surprise in store for me.
On April 26th I had my boat hauled out of the water for bottom paint and a couple of quick maintenance issues. It was to go back in on the 28th …….. but on the 27th this happened.

They dropped a big power cruiser and the accident got a stop work order placed on the Travel Lift until it was inspected, cleared, and re-certified. It’s a long story but all that matters here is that my boat was stranded on land for a month. It finally got put back in the water on the 28th of May, a month late!

Since I couldn’t go sailing I decided to attack that front marquetry panel, a copy of a Jean Francois Oeben table top.
After 55 hours of cutting over more than a month it is finished. Now I intend to take that break.

As in some of the other parts of this project there are veneers of different thicknesses involved here and the thinner ones are backed to make up the difference. That means that when you see the glue side as in these pictures several of the pieces (the light greens, blues, and reds) don’t show up. What you see is the poplar backing. Even I won’t see what this marquetry actually looks like until after it is glued to the doors of the cabinet!

Thanks for looking!

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Very nice good job.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)