Birds and Bees, A Reversible Marquetry Box

This box is a prototype that I made to find where the problems would be in taking my previous reversible boxes to the next level. The plan is to eliminate the edge of the lid which, if square, is seen in both configurations. The solution seems to be to make the edge a point allowing opposite colours on the two versions to be continuous with the sides. Lets just say …. I learned a lot. It isn’t as easy as it looks on paper.

The marquetry here is done with thin commercial veneer and isn’t finished very well at this point (and may never be) but the lessons learned will, with a little luck, make the next one worthy of the thick sawn veneers I will be using on it.

I did a little video to show the workings a little better. Have a look.

Thanks for looking


Tools: chevalet de marqueterie

Tags: marquetry marquetry box rreversible box birds and bees

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


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CindyG ...

I just saw this on Facebook, Paul, and was BLOWN away…again! You are spectacularly creative and a master of marquetry! An inspiration for me, truly!

Jack ...

You are THE master, as I look at it I cannot begin to comprehend how you create such beauty. Congratulations!

Billp ...

If I had to choose to spend a day with only one woodworker it would be Paul.

mike1950 ...

Beautiful Box.

shipwright ...

Thanks everyone, you’re making my day!

David E. ...

Holy smokes, that is cool and beautiful! Amazing job!

Madts ...

That is rather awesome. You need to do some sailing!


lightweightladylefty ...


Those are really gorgeous figured veneers for a prototype! I can’t wait to see the “real” one!


lanwater ...


The box looks great Paul.
The marquetry is fantastic.
The bee caught my attention the most, I am not sure why.

Wes Louwagie ...

Paul this box is amazing!! It seems your creations just get better and better.. Some day I would love to take one of your classes.

a1jim ...

Hey Paul
This an amazing box,such a creative and ingenious idea plus you outstanding marquetry is wonderful art unto itself .

Brian ...

Man, you sure have a knack for exceeding expectations. The bar is continually raised. The artwork here is stunning.

Shin ...

AMAZING!!! I am in awe! That’s just beautiful, and unbelievably impressive.

Bill T ...

That is amazing beautiful job

Tom Tieffenbacher/aka DocSavage45 ...


Wonderful piece. Your mastery of the craft shines through.

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