Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure #11: Finishing and Polishing to Music

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 08-06-2012 10:28 PM 6838 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be the last part of this blog until after the project is posted. I wasn’t even going to do this one but a funny thing happened today. I was applying a french polish to the tabletop and listening to some classical music on the radio when I noticed that my hand was following the music. I thought some of you might get a kick out of it too so I did a short video of it.

I think I could really mess this up listening to Hendrix.

The other parts are all in the spray booth. Nothing interesting going on there. I’m just building a layer of shellac to rub out to a sheen that won’t compete with the top.

That’s all. Just thought I might be able to make someone smile.

PS I apologize if there are ads in the video. Apparently because there is third party content (the music) I can’t prevent it.


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

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 10:33 PM

It must have been Hendix’s early work LOL If I ever made anything that beautiful Paul I would be afraid to look at it to hard near enough sand it. This is a real master piece.

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 11:05 PM

Paul, I am breathless and smiling a big smile. This is a stunningly beautiful piece of wood art. You honor the past masters of this wonderful woodworking skill. I have learned so much and not the least is that I have a long ways to go to even approach this. It defines the word, Master Piece!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 11:13 PM

That’s funny, Paul!

I can’t wait to see the project posting. It looks absolutely incredible.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 11:17 PM

It’s funny you mentioned that, Paul. I’ve caught myself doing the same thing.

It’s hard to do when carving something!

The project looks great.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 01:28 AM

ah yes, the music is in the soul and it comes out in your arms, your feet, its interesting to watch someone with music going, sometimes we have no clue were doing the beat…by the way, very soothing music, its befitting the project your doing…and now i cant wait to see it as a finished project… have inspired me for a project i will do for myself this fall… wont touch what your doing here, but it will be to the tune of what the grizzman does…thanks for your part here at lumber jocks, your talent is one of the reasons i come here…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 01:48 AM

Hi Paul.

If you don’t enter this in a competition you are out of your pea picking mind! The rest of the field will be fighting it out for second place behind you.

On top of the marquetry, the guy does a good job of french polishing too. There ain’t no justice! :)


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 03:30 AM

Paul: I thought I saw you stopping at the corners, when you were rubbing the edges. That will get you in trouble, but i think you already know that.

Because, you did another pass without stopping.

How many sessions have you put on the top?

-- 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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#8 posted 08-07-2012 05:55 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Karson, I try really hard not to stop but sometimes, especially early on like this you just hit a sticky spot. I’ll be using a little more alcohol tomorrow and just a little less mineral oil. This was the first few passes after stripping down to wet sand out some tiny scratches that showed up in the first polish attempt. No one else would ever have seen them but unfortunately, I did.

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

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 06:04 AM

Phenominal work Paul. Thank you for sharing this experience with us all. I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall in your shop during this build. BT is right, this piece should be put in a competition. And after you win that competition, then it should go in a museum for many to enjoy.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 12:31 PM

Classically First Class you are Paul. One heck of a conductor. :) And, I agree, you mighta had a different outcome listenin to Jimmy… hehe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 03:03 PM

This has to be one of the best projects I have seen on this website. Looking forward to seeing the assembled table. Don’t let anyone put a cup or glass on the top.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 06:43 PM

This is so good Paul that I’m (almost) speechless. What a piece of work! The music was ok too. The only downside is that you will now have to build a new Versailles palace to house it! Can’t wait to see it all assembled.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-08-2012 12:49 AM

Nearing end but just a beginning of marquetry as applied in the furniture. This is really an achievement. It shows how skillful you are Paul. I congratulate you now. Excellent job.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 08-08-2012 03:46 AM

Paul, as always your work is amazing. I was thrilled when you had chosen classical music for your backup inspiration. this type of music complemented your french polishing venue. Not only did you complete a very difficult procedure. You kept rythem to your music and moved up down and side to side to the notes of the music. I know because I watched the video over and over. I use this same technique when I carve. I believe Jimmy Hendrix music is more of a tree falling music. Classical is for more technical and creative venues. Beautiful art once again Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#15 posted 08-08-2012 05:35 AM


It seems like you’re almost ready to get started on the glass display case to house this masterpiece! I’d be afraid to let anyone touch something so remarkable.

Some day when I have access to broadband, I hope to view your video.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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