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Monochrome Marquetry Box

Monochrome Marquetry Box

This simple desk organizer is an exercise in a different kind of marquetry that I have been wanting to pursue for a while.

My first attempt at monochrome was this same ship albeit smaller on the chart boxes that I posted a couple of years ago. I liked it but thought I could do it better a little bigger. I’m quite happy with the way it came out.

So what is monochrome? It is marquetry cut all from the same piece of veneer leaving the sand shading as the only element distinguishing the pieces from each other. If you look closely you can see the grain flowing right through the picture.

All the veneer is from a small stack of sequenced Olive burl that I was given a few years ago and it was stack cut on the chevalet. The only fastening is hot hide glue (of course).

Thanks for looking

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


A real winner Paul

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Monochrome never looked so good.
Maybe I should say more colorful:)

It looks great Paul. It’s incredible what you did with the shading.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Beautiful. The shading does the trick and it’s a beautiful burl veneer as well. Now unfurl those t’gallants and we’ll reel in those pirates hand over hand!! ;-)

Losing fingers since 1969


You really should correct the error in your first line to read “This not-so-simple desk organizer . . . .”

It looks fabulous! Great job on the marquetry.


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

Great project Paul. After seeing this beautifully done monochrome marquetry I really want to try it myself. The ship design is extremely nice too. I am still enjoying my similar organizer with your desert design on it. Very handy.

Mike, an American living in Norway


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

What an attractive piece, an eye catcher.

Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.

Paul, you just keep blowing me away! I LOVE the effect of this! I’m gonna have to try that now, of course! Thank you for always inspiring me!

Amor Vincit Omnia