Marquetry card table by John Linnell #5: Base almost finished

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Blog entry by Longcase posted 12-18-2016 06:47 AM 1662 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Legs finished ( well almost) Part 5 of Marquetry card table by John Linnell series Part 6: Table top banding »

I have been quite busy the last few weeks trying to get the base to my interpretation of the Linnell table finished,first thing to do was get the marquetry panels glued onto the rails. Here I will explain with the aid of a few photos the techniques I used, The first photo is an electrical heating pad along with a controller I made

I will explain why this is used. I brush hide glue onto both the marquetry panel and rail then let it dry

The back side had been previously hammer veneered, now the marquetry panel is taped onto the rails then placed on a sheet of cork along with a sheet of clingfilm to prevent the panel glueing to the cork

Another sheet of clingfilm along with a sheet of cork are placed on top of the rails, then the electric heating pad is placed over the rails and placed in the press

The controller is set to about 140 degrees F and left on for about 30-40 mins, this reactivates the glue, the controller is then turned off and left overnight before removing.

Here are some photos of the finished base

Now that the base is almost complete I can start to think about the top (sounds easy, right)

Any questions, don’t hesitate

Thanks for looking ,


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#1 posted 12-18-2016 07:04 AM

Answer, No. Nothing in your project looks let alone even sounds easy. That base is totally amazing! I can’t wait to see the rest of your table. I marvel at the sight of Marquetry. I often wish I could take a class on it, but there’s nothing anywhere near where I live.

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 02:28 PM

Looking just gorgeous Keith. Just wondering about the heating pad. Why would you not just use hot cauls? The process seems otherwise the same. Just curious, I know you know what you are doing. :-)

Thanks for the update.

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

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 05:44 PM

That looks fantastic.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 12:54 AM

Paul, When I visited Yannich Chastang many years ago he was using one, he explained the advantages to be,
Easy to control the temp and not worried about time (cauls cooling down)
Very practical for use with convex and concave panels ( If I remember correctly Yannick was restoring a François Linke piece with concave marquetry panels)
Hope this helps

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 01:16 AM

Yes it certainly makes sense for curved panels. It would be much easier than bags of hot sand. :-)

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

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