Ten Years in the Shop

I was doing some sharpening today and realized that this marquetry covered box had been my sharpening station for nearly ten years.
As it has never been posted here I thought I might put it forward as a testament to how well marquetry can stand up to regular shop use.

I built this little setup back when I did my first planes (which have their own marquetry storage box). It is just a simple plywood box with grooves to hold my abrasive film covered glass plates and a little spot in the end for a sharpening aid. Both boxes and their contents are still in the shop, in good nick, and sitting side by side after all this time.

Thanks for looking

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


Lovely box. It is also a testament to how well you made it in the first place. :-)

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

Cool little storage box.


Nice little Maintenace kit for sharpening. Like those little hammers too. Well done, and it has held up great.

Main Street to the Mountains

GR8 JOB 😍😎


Wow, Paul! You’ve got me thinking I should upgrade my storage box game. I still get a frisson when I find a hardwood “scrap” that will make a nice lid to put on my otherwise plain pine boxes.

May you have the day you deserve!

 Since I first saw this one, I've always had it in the back of my mind to do something similar (most likely sans marquetry).  Only problem is I keep changing my mind on what sharpening technique I am going to stick with.   

Question:  did you apply the veneer before or after you assembled the box?  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

10 years and still lookin good.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice work! High quality items in the shop encourage high quality work.
Your covered box will raise the bar on your future projects. Nice work.
Looks great!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Looks nice and very handy, too!

No name noobie here

I often think I should make some containers and or boxes for the storage of tools and oddments.  But I never seem to get round to it, being carried away with the next project, so they go back on a shoe box.  It's elegant and functional - the work of a 'complete craftsman'.
That's a pretty nice storage box, 
maybe the next one you can make a little wider so the sticker fits on the front.  ;)

I like going back and seeing some of the older things I made.  It's always eye opening to see them and say to myself,  why did I do it like this or that?? Also to see how they fared for the years.

Yours has fared well.
I expect no less.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Thanks everyone!
Question:  did you apply the veneer before or after you assembled the box?  

To be perfectly honest I don’t remember but with those mitred corners it is certainly possible and likely that I veneered before assembly. It’s much easier to press that way and I never hammer veneer marquetry.

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

Beautifully crafted box, nice work.