Making a Marquetry Photo Box
Marquetry Accents Make the Box
Seen one hand made box and you've seen them all right? What better way to personalize it than with a bit of marquetry. The marquetry photo box was built to commemorate a few great road trips. The map of the US highlights our visits and the state flags designate which photos go with which trip. It seemed like a good way to go and would be a lot of fun to make those flags. I definitely took a bit of artistic license with the Michigan flag so I hope those residents won't be offended by a few missing details. Colorado and Tennessee certainly made things easier. Though fitting those uniquely shaped stars in place was a challenge. Plus I got to play with my growing stash of veneer and my Chevalet d'marquetrie. Dyed veneers, I discovered are a lot of fun to play with too.
The box itself is a simple Cherry mitered box with Walnut splines in the corners and a Walnut raised panel for the bottom. The lid floats in grooves for the top (though with a plywood substrate that probably wasn't necessary). Lots of challenges but nothing that can't be solved with a sharp hand saw.
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