Marquetry Coasters

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Project by Celticscroller posted 05-04-2016 10:46 PM 1570 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to doing my first marquetry project and thanks to my dear friend Elaine (Justoneofme on LJ’s) for giving me some great lessons and wonderful tips on how to do this amazing art form.
The first picture is of the last coaster I put together and you will see from picture #3 (the first coaster I did) there is a bit of improvement. My joins on the first piece were not very good but by the time I had the sixth coaster completed, I was getting the idea! The second photograph shows how I stack cut the pieces with my scroll saw. I wanted to start with a simple design so used one of Sheila Landry’s Celtic patterns (
The fourth photograph shows the stand onto which I overlaid the heart design. I used my Razertip spoon shader to burn in the shading.
I used mahogany and birch veneers glued to a basswood base.
Thank you for stopping by. Comments always welcome.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#1 posted 05-04-2016 11:35 PM

Looks great to me Anna. Very nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 05-04-2016 11:52 PM

Brava! I’ve been waiting for this moment.
Well done for a first try too.
I didn’t realize that you lived so near. Did you actually come over to Elaine’s for your lessons?
I live just up the highway a few minutes from her.
Welcome to the wonderful world of marquetry.

-- 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 05-05-2016 01:37 AM

Those are nice! Looks like very precise work.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 02:02 AM

Thank you all! I think I’m going to enjoy this wonderful world of marquetry! Paul, I’m sending you a PM

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Matt Hegedus

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 02:14 AM

Very nice Anna! I like the idea of cutting them as a stack! I’m just starting as well and I’m practicing by gluing small thin veneer pieces to a backer board before coping them, which I’m finding is NOT the way to do it (I have a scroll saw, I just love hand work!). Anyway keep posting your stuff and your pointers. I’m definitely paying attention.

Matt Hegedus

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 02:26 AM

Looking forward to seeing some of your marquetry work Matt. My arthritic hands are not fond of hand cutting so the scroll saw is my friend and I like stack cutting for extra pieces if I make errors.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#8 posted 05-05-2016 07:07 AM

The first one is good, Anna, the last is great!! You improved quickly. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 05-05-2016 12:14 PM

This is just FABULOUS, Anna! I love what you created! You are truly one of my mentors. I love seeing your work! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 05-05-2016 02:31 PM

These coasters are nicely done and I like the pattern.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 05-05-2016 06:02 PM

Thank you Jim, Cindy, Sheila and Charles for your kind comments. I like this pattern too Charles. It’s a very versatile pattern and easy to cut on the scroll saw.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#12 posted 05-05-2016 11:34 PM

These look a whole lot better than my first marquetry piece. They all look good to me and I like the celtic knot. I’m going to have to try one someday. Keep up the good work.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#13 posted 05-06-2016 03:22 AM

Thank you Don. I’ve just been browsing through your projects and your marquetry boxes are an inspiration. Very beautifully done!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#14 posted 05-06-2016 06:45 PM

Realy admireing project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 05-07-2016 02:52 AM

Thank you Ivan

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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