Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry #7: Marquetry Steps, & Process.

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 12-15-2021 03:25 PM 929 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Completed Table Base Part 7 of Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry series Part 8: Ebony Inlays, & Veneer Borders »

Finally got the Marquetry glued down to the top. Next will be the ebony inlays and the borders, then the walnut edges. There is a loose joint in the middle to split the tops in order to fit in the elevator which goes to the 72 floor.
The veneers used, Bloodwood, Satinwood, Purpleheart, Makore, 3 shades of died green, & Walnut burl. I think the most exciting thing about marquetry is all the wonderful natural colors of the woods. Thank you for looking.

Picking out the veneers.

Cutting and taping in the veneers.

Brushing on the hot animal hide glue

Applying the paper

Nailing the packet together

Cutting the back side of the small brad nails

Hammering the back side of the nail to form a rivet, which hold the packet together.

Cutting the larger packet into smaller packets, which is much easer to cut.

Drill 1/32” holes for inserting the scroll blades.

Close up of cutting the marquetry.

Cutting one of the packets.

Burning the grapes with hot silicon sand, for shading the edges.

Spraying water onto the shaded pieces.

Clamping the shaded pieces flat.

Laying out all the marquetry pieces.

Applying the veneer to the sticky film paper.

Using Titebond 2 dark glue, rolled on both the veneer & Top.

Placed into the Vacuum Press Bag.

Using a cabinet scraper to remove the paper backer.

Full view of the top.

A picture of one of the corners, with some lacquer thinner wiped on to show the color.

The center section natural color.

Full view of the long top together.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 12-15-2021 03:29 PM

Outstanding Dennis! Going to be a real masterpiece.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 12-15-2021 03:31 PM

Amazing…Very cool to see your process…WOW…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 12-15-2021 03:59 PM

Thank you very much for sharring with us! Very intresting.


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#4 posted 12-15-2021 04:05 PM

Fun as always to watch your work Dennis. Just out of curiosity – how many hours in that piece of marquetry.
I’ve done smaller scale pieces – but that many pieces requires a LOT of patience!

-- Gary in OP

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 12-15-2021 04:43 PM

Thank you Lumberjock Buddys for the kind complements.

Gary: Thank you. From the start of the design drawing too were it is now took a full month of labor hours.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 12-15-2021 05:54 PM

Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. It’s a real treat to follow this build!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-15-2021 08:27 PM

As always most impressive work, a great piece Dennis . Nice Photo work up too. I don’t think there’s anything in woodworking you can’t do and do so very well. When I grow up I want to be just like you :)


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#8 posted 12-15-2021 09:17 PM

Beautiful Dennis, I love looking at your work and watching your process.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#9 posted 12-15-2021 10:36 PM

Wow, that’s beautiful!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 12-15-2021 11:23 PM

Dennis I keep tripping over myself, Just trying to glue full sheets on the substraight.

It is going to be a real masterpiece. I just hope that they will use the piece and not sit it in the corner to look at.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 12-15-2021 11:42 PM

Absolutely beautiful Dennis.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#12 posted 12-16-2021 01:41 PM

Dennis what a beautiful accomplishment. I am convinced that there is nothing out there you cannot do. You have a wonderful God given talent. I love watching you create new and exciting pieces of art.

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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