Marquetry Help

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Project by nakedjoinery posted 01-29-2013 02:12 AM 2032 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well is my first attempt at marquetry with an exacto knife. I haven’t been able to find a lot of good info on how to do it so I just kinda went at it. I used to much glue for sure. It kinda bled thru and I couldn’t sand it out on that leaf. You guys are a great resource for a newbie like me so once again can someone give me a little guidance. If it helps I’ve since bought a scroll saw as I think this is the easier method. All in all I’m not displeased because it was my first and I’ll never learn if I don’t make mistakes.

-- mike c

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 02:16 AM

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 04:10 AM

Good first attempt. I have been doing marquetry for a couple years now but I use a shop built fret saw. I have recently been trying my hand at using a knife but it is not as easy as some make it look. I will continue to work on my knife skills and hopefully improve. There is a place for all the different methods so try and learn as many as you can. I found the scrollsaw cut may too fast for me to control so I haven’t used the scrollsaw. I could try packet cutting but haven’t tried that yet. Good luck with your efforts. You are right there are many on this site much better at this than I am and you will learn a lot from them.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 04:37 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Mike.

You are off to a good start….. you gotta start somewhere.
I’ve been doing marquetry for a few years I guess and have a few blogs that may help you get your bearings. This one is a good place to start.
I prefer saw cutting to the knife but like John I prefer a shop made hand operated saw. The one I use is called a chevalet de marqueterie and was designed in France a couple of hundred years ago.

Read all you can find and ask for help any time … That’s what we’re all here for.

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

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 12:33 PM

Hi Mike, welcome aboard.

I was going to point you to Paul’s blog posts but he’s been faster than me ;)

For the glue that bled, what kind of glue did you use? My approach here would be to use solvent to dissolve the glue and use a vacuum and paper towels to pump it out of the wood. Or you can go the opposite way and completely saturate the wood with the same glue to even things out. If you used Superglue (CA glue) it makes for a (rather expensive) very strong finish, I use a bunch of it for wooden pens.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 01-29-2013 02:39 PM

I used White Wood glue it was actually habor frieght stuff. I also have yellow titebond , and thought about getting their veneer glue. I put a lacquer finish on but sanded it back down and was able to get that glue on the leaf to clean up. I think I was just holding back for fear of sanding thru. Although I did get close I think. I’m gonna check out some of these links and try a few different styles. It seems like everyone has a little different way. Maybe I’ll take a class??? Some of them are rather expensive though!!

-- mike c

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 07:34 PM

Nice work. I am learning to do marquetry too. I am using a scroll saw, which is easier on the hands. Shipwrights tutorial blogs are very instructive. Good luck and have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 02:35 AM

I’m impressed with your first attempt. Just send Paul (Shipwright) a few dozen PMs asking him everything you ever wanted to know about marquetry. He’s a good guy and a good teacher. And I think he’s got this marquetry stuff figured out!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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