Marquetry Cutting Table

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Project by Owlcroft posted 10-20-2017 10:07 PM 1934 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend and I signed up for a week long course in Marquetry. In the class we will be using a Fret Saw and cutting table. I prefer to learn on my own cutting table and Fret Saw so I could become familiar with them. The Fret saw was easy, just ordered one with top reviews from Amazon. The Cutting table was a little harder to find, at least one that meant all my requirements.

I wanted a Cutting table that attached using the bench dog holes on my workbench and on the work bench we would be using in class. I also wanted a table with adjustable height. I looked at several examples on the Internet and YouTube without finding one that meant all my needs.

What I came up with is the one pictured above. It is in two parts. A cutting table and a base that attaches to either the bench dog holes in my workbench or the workbench where I will be taking the class using clamps. The cutting table is a 12” circle with a right angle back with height adjustment slots. The base fits on the table with a hole in the top piece used to attach it securely to my workbench using a 5/8 carriage bolt and clamping knob. The face has two 1/4 carriage bolts and clamping knobs that match the slots in the cutting board.

The image above shows the base with the clamps I used to attach it to a workbench or table without bench dog holes. The clamps I used are from the track for my Track Saw. Since I will probably never use the Track Saw at the same time I am using the Marquetry cutting table using them for both just made sense. Also they allowed me to use them with slots routed in the base making them flush. I figured this would be important when cutting large pieces.

Since I have never attempted Marquetry until now, I am assuming based on research, the table will meet my needs. I will find out when I start my class in November.

All-in-all another fun project.


-- Owlcroft

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#1 posted 10-20-2017 10:55 PM

Great project!!!
I need to make one for my model building.
Love being able to raise and lower it.

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#2 posted 10-20-2017 11:13 PM

I hope you let us know how the class is. I would love to learn Marquetry but no classes available in my area. It really intrigue me. Do you hope to go up to a chevalet one day? I thank that would be a great project.

I like your table.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 10-20-2017 11:36 PM

Right now I am concentrating on basic marquetry for a jewelry box for my wife. Goal is a yellow rose; her favorite flower. Using it on a chevalet is a good idea. Would have been a good idea to add some marquetry to the concert Ukulele I made my sister.

-- Owlcroft

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#4 posted 10-21-2017 04:15 AM

Good luck with your marquetry course. Fret saw is one of the most challenging ways of cutting marquetry. If you can master that you will have reason to be proud. Marquetry is my passion and I’m always glad to see others taking it up.
Enjoy the journey!

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

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#5 posted 10-21-2017 07:38 AM

A great idea. Also usable for non marquetry work. Thanks


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#6 posted 10-21-2017 02:10 PM

You have done a first class job on the marquetry cutting table. It’s a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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