Related Information:




J and B Hardwood Co.

J&P Machines

J. Gibson McIlvain Company

Joos USA Inc.

KCD Software

Kerber Farms and Mill

Keystone Wood Specialties

Keytrix Data Systems

Komo Machine

Laguna Tools

Lewis Lumber Products


Limtech Industries, Inc.

Machine Central LLC


MARTIN Woodworking Machines Corp.

Mastercam - CNC Software

Mereen-Johnson Machine Company


Milesi Wood Coatings

Millwork Drafting Services

Mozaik Software, Inc.

MultiCam Southeast


New England Kiln Drying Association


NEXTech Machinery Inc.

Norwood Portable Sawmills

Nyle Dry Kiln Systems

O'Shea Lumber Company

Old Mississippi Brick and Heart Pine Company

Onsrud Cutter

Optisol for Project Scheduling

Original Saw Company

Hermance Machine Company

Hoffmann Machine Company

Holz-Her US Inc.

Hvalsoe Sawmill Ltd.

ICA North America

Impact Search and Placement

Integra Precision Tooling


J & G Machinery

Gardenia Marquetry Sideboard

Listing #689   Listed on: 05/12/2007

Company Name: CT Fine Furniture

Contact Name:   Craig Thibodeau

Click to View Member Profile Member Contact Info Project Gallery Categories

View Larger, Higher Quality Image
The primary goal of this project was to create a showpiece for the entry hall of the clients' home. It was commissioned by a local couple who requested marquetry imagery featuring white Gardenia flowers and branches that emanate from a central point in the top and flow down the front panels. The piece has two Mother of Pearl and Abalone butterflies, one colored for each of the clients’ two daughters. The style of the sideboard is loosely based on a Sheraton era demilune sideboard with Federal style inlay added to the legs.

View Larger, Higher Quality Image
The interior areas are also veneered but in Quarter-sawn Maple to contrast with the Anigre exterior, which makes for a bright interior and a surprise for anyone opening the doors. Anigre veneer was also used in the inlay added to the Wenge legs which gives the piece a much more formal appearance. Vertical grain 1/8” thick Wenge was used to edge the top panel and provide more durable wear resistance than would standard thickness veneers. The six drawers are all NK style to ease fitting to the curved overlay fronts and the three curved doors are mounted on brass knife hinges. The curved front is a composite of three curves blended together and was glued up as a bent lamination of 1/8” plywood and 1/8” mdf in a vacuum bag. The central curved panel was glued up as a single piece then cut into individual door and drawer fronts before veneering.

View Larger, Higher Quality Image
Book matched Block Figured Anigre veneer was used for the background and Wenge solids and veneer for the trim and foundation. In addition, the two inlayed butterflies were created with manufactured Abalone and Mother of Pearl shell cut into 0.010" thick veneer sheets. This process allows for coloring to be added to the back of the shell veneer to enhance the natural grain variations in shell materials. It also allows for colors to be created that would otherwise not be available in natural Abalone or Mother of Pearl. The marquetry flowers are cut in Holly veneer, the leaves in dyed Poplar and the branches in Pau Ferro. All of the marquetry was cut using the packet method, which requires all the elements of the design be cut simultaneously with the background. The individual components are then sand shaded to create the illusion of depth and shadows. The marquetry was cut using a standard scroll saw and glued with urea formaldehyde glue.

View Larger, Higher Quality Image
The sideboard has been finished with a combination of polyester and medium rub conversion varnish on all outer surfaces and satin lacquer on the drawers and interior surfaces. This is my third marquetry piece of furniture since studying marquetry with both Paul Schurch and Patrick Edwards. It took approximately 300 hours to complete not including finishing and will be at the 2007 Design In Wood Show in San Diego, Ca. Please visit my website at to see other work. Any comments are welcome.

Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Amer     [05/16/2007]
Stunnig work. Congratulations.

Posted By: Mark     [05/17/2007]
Exceptional work. Clean, clear lines to the piece overall. Beautiful contrasts, marquetry is well done without being over done. Congratulations.

Posted By: lavrans mathiesen     [05/19/2007]
Wow, absolutely wonderful piece. It's heartening to see craftsmanship commisioned.

Posted By: david     [05/20/2007]
Outstanding. When you stack cut the veneers, how did you handle the kerf of the scroll saw blade as you reassembled the pieces? Did the subsequent sanding fill them in?

Posted By: Craig Thibodeau     [05/20/2007]
Thanks for the compliments, I am quite happy to have a client willing to have this kind of work done. As for the saw kerf I am using 2/0 blades which are about 0.010" thick. The saw kerf is minimal and does get reduced when the sand shaded parts are moistened after shading. The kerf is actually part of the design in many areas. The veins in all the leaves are created by the saw kerf which gets filled with glue during glueup. Sanding doesn't fill any of the kerf space. Any unfilled gaps can be filled with putty after sanding. This method is taught by Paul Schurch and works quite well for pictoral marquetry like this as the kerf can be used as a design element.

Posted By: Joe     [07/22/2007]
It's very nice work!! I've been starting to learn a bit about marquetry and it's rewarding. A question I've yet to see answered pertains to working on over sized pieces. Or pieces too large to be accomadated by the throat size of most scroll saws. What's the startegy when the background is so large? Is there a book or DVD that might illustrate this?

Posted By: Craig Thibodeau     [07/23/2007]
Joe, I built my own large throat scroll saw for the Gardenia Marquetry Mirror, I think it is piece 708 or so here on WoodWeb. Your best best is to start with Paul Schurch's two books/videos. They go into enough detail to get you started and explain what it takes. There is a bit of information on how to do large work as well. Taking a class from Paul is the next step and will help you progress faster than trying to figure things out on your own.

Add your comment Below

Add your comment (* denotes required fields):
* Your Name:
* Your Email:
  * Enter your comment below:
*Enter the correct numbers into the field below:
  I have read WOODWEB's Site User Agreement
  (Submitted comments may be edited for clarity)

Date of your Birth:

Buy & Sell Exchanges | Forums | Galleries | Other Resources | Site Map

Buy and Sell Exchanges

Job Opportunities and Services Exchange
Employment opportunities and services within the woodworking industry

Lumber Exchange
A worldwide buy/sell exchange for lumber and wood products

Machinery Exchange
A worldwide buyer and seller exchange for woodworking machinery and equipment.

Classified Ad Exchange
Classified advertising for the woodworking industry (for advertisements that do not include machinery, lumber products and employment listings)


Adhesives Forum
Discussing topics related to adhesives within the woodworking industry

Architectural Woodworking Forum
Discussing quality standards and production of architectural wood products

Business and Management Forum
A forum for the discussion of business topics: from sales and marketing to dealing with difficult customers.

Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum
Discussing all aspects of installation issues encountered by cabinet and millwork installers.

Cabinetmaking Forum
Discussing 32mm and face frame cabinet construction including fabrication, casegoods design, and installation.

CAD Forum
Shedding light on the all-too-often shadowy world of CAD.

CNC Forum
Discussing CNC (computer numerically controlled) woodworking equipment, software, and automated product manufacturing.

Dust Collection, Safety and Plant Operation Forum
Discussing topics related to maintaining a safe and productive working environment.

Professional Finishing Forum
Finishing issues for the production environment

Forestry Forum
The science and art of forest cultivation and timber management, planting, surveying, tree diseases, silviculture and timber harvesting

Professional Furniture Making Forum
Helping professional furniture makers improve quality, save time, and increase profits

Laminating and Solid Surfacing Forum
Issues related to laminating and solid surface materials and processes

Commercial Kiln Drying Forum
Discussions covering issues faced be commercial drying operations that process at least 750,000 bd. ft. of lumber per year

Sawing and Drying Forum
Discussing topics related to primary processing and drying of lumber

Solid Wood Machining Forum
Discussing topics related to the machining of solid wood

Value Added Wood Products Forum
Learn how to improve your output, find new markets, and boost sales of your lumber products

Veneer Forum
Discussing topics related to veneer processing, manufacturing, and fabrication

An electronic discussion group for woodworkers throughout the world


Project Gallery
Where professional woodworkers can post examples of their work

Sawmill Gallery
Professional primary processing companies display and describe their sawmill facilities

Shop Gallery
Professional woodworkers display and describe their shop facilities, products and equipment

Shopbuilt Equipment Gallery
Professional woodworker's jigs, rigs, and shopbuilt equipment

Other Resources

Industry News
Late-breaking news from all sectors of the wood industry

Video Library
Index of industrial woodworking related digital videos on the web

Auctions, Sales and Special Offers
Advertisers offering woodworkers discounted prices on good and services, and announcements of upcoming auctions

FORUM GUIDELINES: Please review the guidelines below before posting at WOODWEB's Interactive Message Boards (return to top)

  • WOODWEB is a professional industrial woodworking site. Hobbyist and homeowner woodworking questions are inappropriate.
  • Messages should be kept reasonably short and on topic, relating to the focus of the forum. Responses should relate to the original question.
  • A valid email return address must be included with each message.
  • Advertising is inappropriate. The only exceptions are the Classified Ads Exchange, Machinery Exchange, Lumber Exchange, and Job Opportunities and Services Exchange. When posting listings in these areas, review the posting instructions carefully.
  • Subject lines may be edited for length and clarity.
  • "Cross posting" is not permitted. Choose the best forum for your question, and post your question at one forum only.
  • Messages requesting private responses will be removed - Forums are designed to provide information and assistance for all of our visitors. Private response requests are appropriate at WOODWEB's Exchanges and Job Opportunities and Services.
  • Messages that accuse businesses or individuals of alleged negative actions or behavior are inappropriate since WOODWEB is unable to verify or substantiate the claims.
  • Posts with the intent of soliciting answers to surveys are not appropriate. Contact WOODWEB for more information on initiating a survey.
  • Excessive forum participation by an individual upsets the balance of a healthy forum atmosphere. Individuals who excessively post responses containing marginal content will be considered repeat forum abusers.
  • Responses that initiate or support inappropriate and off-topic discussion of general politics detract from the professional woodworking focus of WOODWEB, and will be removed.
  • Participants are encouraged to use their real name when posting. Intentionally using another persons name is prohibited, and posts of this nature will be removed at WOODWEB's discretion.
  • Comments, questions, or criticisms regarding Forum policies should be directed to WOODWEB's Systems Administrator
    (return to top).

    Carefully review your message before clicking on the "Send Message" button - you will not be able to revise the message once it has been sent.

    You will be notified of responses to the message(s) you posted via email. Be sure to enter your email address correctly.

    WOODWEB's forums are a highly regarded resource for professional woodworkers. Messages and responses that are crafted in a professional and civil manner strengthen this resource. Messages that do not reflect a professional tone reduce the value of our forums.

    Messages are inappropriate when their content: is deemed libelous in nature or is based on rumor, fails to meet basic standards of decorum, contains blatant advertising or inappropriate emphasis on self promotion (return to top).

    Libel:   Posts which defame an individual or organization, or employ a tone which can be viewed as malicious in nature. Words, pictures, or cartoons which expose a person or organization to public hatred, shame, disgrace, or ridicule, or induce an ill opinion of a person or organization, are libelous.

    Improper Decorum:   Posts which are profane, inciting, disrespectful or uncivil in tone, or maliciously worded. This also includes the venting of unsubstantiated opinions. Such messages do little to illuminate a given topic, and often have the opposite effect. Constructive criticism is acceptable (return to top).

    Advertising:   The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not an advertising venue. Companies participating in a Forum discussion should provide specific answers to posted questions. WOODWEB suggests that businesses include an appropriately crafted signature in order to identify their company. A well meaning post that seems to be on-topic but contains a product reference may do your business more harm than good in the Forum environment. Forum users may perceive your references to specific products as unsolicited advertising (spam) and consciously avoid your web site or services. A well-crafted signature is an appropriate way to advertise your services that will not offend potential customers. Signatures should be limited to 4-6 lines, and may contain information that identifies the type of business you're in, your URL and email address (return to top).

    Repeated Forum Abuse: Forum participants who repeatedly fail to follow WOODWEB's Forum Guidelines may encounter difficulty when attempting to post messages.

    There are often situations when the original message asks for opinions: "What is the best widget for my type of shop?". To a certain extent, the person posting the message is responsible for including specific questions within the message. An open ended question (like the one above) invites responses that may read as sales pitches. WOODWEB suggests that companies responding to such a question provide detailed and substantive replies rather than responses that read as a one-sided product promotion. It has been WOODWEB's experience that substantive responses are held in higher regard by our readers (return to top).

    The staff of WOODWEB assume no responsibility for the accuracy, content, or outcome of any posting transmitted at WOODWEB's Message Boards. Participants should undertake the use of machinery, materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB's Message Boards after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages it deems inappropriate. (return to top)

    Forum Posting Form Guidelines
    Your Name The name you enter in this field will be the name that appears with your post or response (return to form).
    Your Website Personal or business website links must point to the author's website. Inappropriate links will be removed without notice, and at WOODWEB's sole discretion. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    E-Mail Address Your e-mail address will not be publicly viewable. Forum participants will be able to contact you using a contact link (included with your post) that is substituted for your actual address. You must include a valid email address in this field. (return to form)
    Subject Subject may be edited for length and clarity. Subject lines should provide an indication of the content of your post. (return to form)
    Thread Related Link and Image Guidelines Thread Related Links posted at WOODWEB's Forums and Exchanges should point to locations that provide supporting information for the topic being discussed in the current message thread. The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not to serve as an advertising venue. A Thread Related Link that directs visitors to an area with inappropriate content will be removed. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links or images it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    Thread Related File Uploads Thread Related Files posted at WOODWEB's Forums and Exchanges should provide supporting information for the topic being discussed in the current message thread. Video Files: acceptable video formats are: .MOV .AVI .WMV .MPEG .MPG .FLV .MP4 (Image Upload Tips)   If you encounter any difficulty when uploading video files, E-mail WOODWEB for assistance. The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not to serve as an advertising venue. A Thread Related File that contains inappropriate content will be removed, and uploaded files that are not directly related to the message thread will be removed. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links, files, or images it deems inappropriate. (return to form)

  • Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2018 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

    WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

     Home » Galleries » Project Gallery » Project Listing
    WOODWEB - The Information Resource for the Woodworking Industry Southeast Tool
    Create Your Project Listing || Gallery Guidelines || Edit Your Project Listing || Important Information