Marquetry Jewellery Box #14: The promised pretty pictures


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.


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


Holly cow!

Pretty they are!

The bird in the middle is a happy camper:)

Thanks for sharing with us such a beautiful work.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

yeah! What he said ^

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

This is just amazing stuff, Paul. I’m really speechless.

Losing fingers since 1969

This is an epic piece, its is beyond anything i could ever make. You sir a a true artist. Great work Paul. Thank you very much for taking the time to both blog the process and post the pictures as you work.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Really looking good. Your final choice of design for the top is living up to all it’s promise!

You have SO much more patience than I do! My Craftsman scroll saw is so “Buzzy,” that I don’t like to use it much. One speed, and it’s “Hyper.”

Beautiful work!

Keith "Shin" Schindler

Thanks all.
Shin, there’s no way I would attempt this on a scroll saw either. It is far too intricate and there is no “waste side” to escape to. It is all cut by hand on a chevalet.

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

Forget the jewels and take the box!! Wonderful work.

Mike, an American living in Norway

Wow that’s amazing time & patients are what that takes. Great job


WOW just incredible. Yeah beyond my talent. Awesome job.

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"


Will this contain the crown jewels? I can’t think of any jewelry that I would have that would be worthy of such a place to reside. (You could probably put Cracker Jack jewelry in that box and convince someone that the phony diamond was worth a few million. LOL)

That ebony really does show off the marquetry beautifully. You must be getting terribly excited to be so close to finished.


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Words defy me.
You have certainly come a long way since the spilled coffee mug.
I am looking forward to the photos of the finished project.

Troy in Melrose Florida