Dogwood Sideboard


This may be the nicest piece of furniture I have made although the marquetry reflects my earliest attempt. It is certainly my wife’s favourite. I built it about 2008 or 2009.

It was built for the spot it now occupies in our living room. It features all shop cut veneers in Cherry, Bocote, Apple, Arbutus, Lacewood, Red cedar, and Western Maple. Legs and face framing are local Elm heartwood. The dogwood is the Provincial Flower of British Columbia.

All the “marquetry” on this was done using a router and an inlay bushing set. I developed a method of cutting all the pieces from veneer rather than inlaying into a solid ground. Basically I cut the pieces on top of insulation foam board and allowed the router bit to go right through. Interestingly, if I were to re-make this today, I’d likely do it the same way because you can’t cut that huge background veneer on either a chevalet or a scroll saw.

Thanks for looking.


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


Nice, very nice. Beautiful design Paul I also like the mariners compass on the floor.

I have seen a glimpse or two of this sideboard in one of your posts Paul, but never the whole thing. It is a gorgeous piece of furniture and I don’t mean just the marquetry, although that is also excellent. Good design and the excellent work make this a keeper no matter it’s age.

Mike, an American living in Norway

Just gorgeous, Paul. Your retirement has been one of the most productive I’ve ever seen!

Might As Well Dance :

Beautiful! I love the way the vine flows thought the piece. It’s a great greeting coming in an entrance!

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

Really beautiful. Very nice!

Losing fingers since 1969

Thanks everyone.
Barb, I have a work ethic. Before I retired I built things and did business. Now I don’t have to do the business stuff any more. Other that that, not much has changed. :-)

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

I can see why this would be your wife’s favourite. A gorgeous piece!


Lovely piece. I can see why your wife loves it.

That’s a beautiful piece Paul.

Marquetry inlay that flows through the different faces of a piece without interruption is fascinating.

Great work.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

One day I come over the rocks and view this magnificent piece in person and also that piece of equipment you call the CHEVY !!
I am just fascinated by the precision that that tool is capable of now that I own some pieces that have been made on it and I have to see it .
Your friend

Any time Klaus (May to October). You will be welcome.

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


This, too, is exquisite. All your work is absolutely outstanding.


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

Paul, amazing work, as always. You spoil us here with your projects.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Damnit Paul,
Do you have to put an inlay in everything you do? I’m tired of seeing such fine work all the time, can’t you just post something normal with some flaws in it.

(I hope you can get my dry humor)

Just in case not, It’s really amazing work that you do.
You really put a part of yourself into every piece, and it shows brilliantly.

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

Beautiful sideboard Paul the design is way cool and your fantastic marquetry sends it into the outer hemisphere of great pieces

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