Marquetry Chart Boxes

Editor's Choice - Apr 09, 2014

These two boxes were inspired by some olive burl veneer that a friend gave me a while back. When I saw the veneer for he first time it almost shouted to me that it needed to be an old parchment nautical chart. I recently set about fulfilling its wish.
This is the raw veneer.

The two boxes feature an integral wooden hinge and an all wood push-button catch mechanism. The marquetry is all hand cut on the chevalet de marqueterie. Some is shaded in hot sand and some with a charcoal pencil. The ship and the compass rose are cut out of the olive burl, shaded and returned. You can see the grain running right through them.
The veneer so clearly speaks of land masses and the sea, complete with surface contours and currents that it was easy to convey the illusion.
Veneers used are padauk, ipe, olive burl, pelin burl, poplar, holly, and a bit of dyed grey. The only metal is the 1/8" brass hinge pin. All gluing is with 192 gm. hot hide glue. The finish is sprayed on poly.
Dimensions are ~13 1/2" X ~10" X ~ 4".
Interiors are pao ferro on the padauk box ans pelin burl on the ipe box.

Thanks for looking.


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Michal Bulla ...

Just Amazing!

Gary ...

Absolutely stunning, Paul. Sure wish I had just part of your talent

kdc68 ...

You sir are a gifted woodworker!… Amazing work…Thank you for sharing

David E. ...

Stunning work!

Dave Bardin ...

The detail. Wow.

SPalm ...

You have a real eye for design Paul.
Very very nice.


BarbS ...

Another beauty! I’m fascinated by how you saw the upper map curl and the small ‘island’ detail in the original burl. I’m wishing I could develop this ‘second sight’ vision you have, in seeing what you see in such things.

GaryL ...

As always Paul, simply amazing!

bobasaurus ...

Paul this box is amazing, I’m in awe of your skills.

shipwright ...

Sincere thanks
This was a special piece of veneer. I really didn’t do that much.

Brice1 ...

Another stunning creation… thanks for posting. Your work is always such an inspiration!

BarbS ...

Congratulations on taking First Place in the WoodworkingWeb Quarterly Awards, Paul!

a1jim ...

congrats for winning first place Paul your work is always outstanding and your chart boxes are amazing.

Celticscroller ...

Congrats Paul. Your work is awesome!

Jeff ...

WOW! Very impressive

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