A Little Cabinetree .... Second Box on Stand


Still into the intense grain matching, different hinges and marquetry, but moving along to double bevel style on the scroll saw here. This piece has a lot going on. First it is about the conflict between the organic and the man made and second it is a tribute to the Western Maple. The box is again 1/2" MDF veneered this time entirely with shop sawn Western Maple veneer. The marquetry is cut first and then each piece is individually dyed by hand with an artist’s brush before re-assembly. The top background is, like Oops!, jointed diagonally and waterfall matched to all four sides. Even the corners match all the way down. It was an interesting study.
This was the piece that showed me I needed to have a better tool than a scroll saw to do really good marquetry. I know that good marquetry can be done on a scroll saw, just not by me. :-)

Thanks for looking


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


Another Beauty Paul.

A couple of questions:

1- Why double bevel? Is the marquetry out of thick solid wood?

2- Are the faces of the finger joint also veneer?

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I was just learning. DB is a good way to go for one off marquetry that doesn’t have tiny pieces and yes the veneer was about 3/32" shop sawn.
Yes the hinges are veneered with continuous grain.

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

That’s a lot of work in the fingers…
Thanks Paul!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Did you have a video on the windows method?

I read the 3 blogs about the different techniques: Boule etc…
I am looking for a good video. I saw schurch.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Haven’t used the window method much. It’s mostly a knife technique. There’s a really good Silas Kopf video on DB though. He’s doing a lily.

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

Thanks Paul! I watched this one too.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Another striking piece. It speaks strongly to your design objective, and does it well indeed. I like it!

So many interesting and unique features on this beautiful piece. I remember the blog and all the work and care that went into it.

Mike, an American living in Norway

This is an amazing piece Paul. I know just what you mean about the scroll saw, I really enjoy cutting on it but I just don’t have the control that is needed to do fine details. I would guess more practice is needed along with more patience but now that I have the chevalet I don’t see me spending a whole lot of time on the scroll saw :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

Wow Paul, another spectacular piece. I’m a bit intimidated by marquetry but your work is very inspiring.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Wow Paul this a real work of art.

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Paul – I am just amazed at the process and the time , but the end result is beautiful . Very good work