|Butternut between eucalyptus veneer|
|1/2" wide rabbet cut in the panel back|
I had to play around a bit with the placement of the bird and butterflies to get them to look good on the top and one of the sides. I had a little help from my wife with this, so with that done I cut them in place and prepared them for glue up.
I chose to use cherry for the back of the panels because I didn't have enough eucalyptus veneer for both sides and the inside will seldom be seen. I had a few square feet of another batch of eucalyptus veneer that was not a match to the outside of the chest but I thought I would use it for the underside of the lid so when it was opened it would at least be the same type of wood as the outside.
|inside of panel|
|underside of lid|
As of today I have all 7 panels done with the little stamen inlay-ed into the flowers after they were glued up. They are all sanded to 220 grit and I plan on finishing this project with an amber shellac. I just like the way it looks on the wood. It's not be the most durable finish so I might cover that with a couple coats a lacquer. I plan to finish all the panels before I put it all together so if there is any wood movement in the future you won't see any unfinished wood. Below are the panels unfinished
I have been keeping a journal of time on this project, something I never do but I was curious how long this project would take. As of now I have a little over 80 hours but that includes some time milling wood for a second project ( I would say about 3 or 4 hours). I don't know if this is good or bad but after its all done I'll ask some professional furniture makers what they think to get an idea were I stand.