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Old 12-22-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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These are some small boxes I make from time to time. Making one box at a time is boring, so once I have my tools set up I crank out a bunch. Here are nine from the last go around.

They are small, 2 by 3 by 4 inches. Insides are flocked red. Finish is tung oil. I use various wood as I can find good prices on 1/4" finished stock. Lately I have been putting 1/42" veneer on the top. I do sell these (ha, attempt to sell) on a couple of sites for homemade items. Pictures here are examples of what I post on the sites. The picture containing the ping-pong ball is used to reflect the size of the box.

This bunch is made from walnut or cherry, with assorted veneer and pattern tops. Have used curly maple, maple burl, wenge, koa, eucalyptus, etc for veneer.
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Very nice. I take it you are inlaying the veneer or are you doing something else?
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Those are great looking boxes Ron. They would sell well here. Thanks for sharing them with us.


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Very nice. I take it you are inlaying the veneer or are you doing something else?
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Thanks Randy.

If I make a veneer pattern, I cut and assemble the pieces with veneer tape. I actually cut the patterns on a DeWalt scroll saw on the back side (tape down) with the table tilted. I glue the resulting veneer held together with veneer tape to the top with a homemade press and Titebond wood glue. The pattern is done in reverse in this case.

Cutting on the scroll saw is an interesting process, once I start the cut, usually freehanded, I cannot stop otherwise it messes up the lines. Usually a 2/0 or 3/0 blade.

If it is just a piece of veneer with no pattern I may only put the tape on the edges instead of the whole surface to keep brittle species from cracking before I get it in the press, or after I remove the top and clean the edges. Simple enough to soak the finished piece to loosen and remove the tape in either case.
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I wished I lived closer, I would love to see that process up close. I've heard similar techniques in relation to "marquetry" but that is usually done with razor blades. I might try to give it a shot, I like new things.

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Sweeeeet looking boxes, love the wood choices and craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. Food for thought..........
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Really nice. Boxes are always nice to make.
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Beautiful boxes I really like the shape.

Your photography skills are not lacking either.
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I wished I lived closer, I would love to see that process up close. I've heard similar techniques in relation to "marquetry" but that is usually done with razor blades. I might try to give it a shot, I like new things.

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Thanks Randy.

Actually not a difficult process since my veneer patterns are simple. I copied this technique from videos found by googling double bevel marquetry.

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Really nice. Boxes are always nice to make.
Thanks Terry. Yes, boxes seem to be addictive, to me at least.

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