Marquetry Panels, "Greek & Roman Mythology" #2: Selecting Veneer, Cutting, Gluing

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 09-24-2018 11:04 PM 1767 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are a few pictures of me selecting the veneers, piecing together the veneer packet. Then with hot animal glue applying paper to the veneer. This keeps the veneers together while flattening each layer, keeping the veneer together while cutting the veneer packet.
Then nailing the packet to a piece of plywood with small brad nails, each packet has 10 sheets of veneer for one finished marquetry panel.
By prying off the 10 pieces of veneer from the plywood and flipping over to snip off the tip of the nails. Then with a small pin hammer I rivet the nail to the backside of the veneer packet.
With a scroll saw and a jewelers blade 1# cut out all the pieces, then hot silicone sand to shade the pieces that need shading.
Next place all the pieces onto double sided film paper to stick the marquetry down to the plywood caul for gluing to the substrate.
Next with a glue roller with yellow glue spread onto both the marquetry and the substrate.
Then place into a vacuum bag with a presser pump and let the glue dry for a couple of hours.
The last step I scrape off the paper with a cabinet scraper.
Thank you for looking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 12:03 AM

Looks fantastic Dennis! All those little pieces cut on a scroll saw just amazes me. I could never get consistent results cutting small on a scroll saw that is why I turned to the chevalet. I look forward to seeing more.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 09-25-2018 12:26 AM

Dennis, Great work as always.

I am just wondering if you are cutting the veneer at a 90 or is the table tilted?

Also what kind of drill chuck are you useing for the small drill bit?

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#3 posted 09-25-2018 01:22 AM

Every time I see your work, I am always humbled, stay well my friend, and a big hi to you too Patti. Oh by the way, I’m heading to India in December, I’ll try and send you some pictures.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 09-25-2018 03:16 AM

OMG! Patience and precision! LOL! Not to mention talent.

Love your marquetry press!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-25-2018 03:04 PM

Very informative blog Dennis thank you very much.


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#6 posted 09-26-2018 01:14 AM

Great blog Dennis, thanks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 04:33 PM

Wonderful work Dennis. Your projects always seem a little magical to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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