Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. #8: Remember the Shiny Thing ? ... the saga of a senior moment

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 05-11-2013 01:20 AM 2678 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is not a pretty tale I tell today. I am calling it a “senior moment” but in fact I, being a little precocious, have been doing this sort of thing off and on since I was much younger. The term “Brain Fart” works better but I couldn’t use that as a title.

In the photo below I have taken the two veneer layups and DS taped them in a couple of spots to some 1/4” MDF pieces exactly the same size. The MDF will allow me to clamp these veneer parts into the recesses in the doors. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a difference between the way the pieces are taped on. They should both be paper re-enforced side down (on the MDF), but somehow one seems to be paper side up.

This means that when all glued up the albatross will be in the left door as he should be, right side up as he should be, .... but wait, won’t he be flying to the left? Wasn’t he supposed to be flying to the right?

How many of you knew that If you heat (less than fully cured) epoxy, it will soften a little and allow you a chance for redemption? Hair dryer putty knife and a lot of care … but miracle of miracles, it came off with minor damage.

Now the semi hard epoxy has been removed from the door but remains on the veneer, deemed to fragile for the hard scraping the plywood took. This is the point where I should have chucked it and made a new one…... but of course that wouldn’t make as good a story, would it?

Here I am starting to scrape the now correctly mounted marquetry. Notice the high spots? I guess the residue of bits of epoxy on the veneer prevented even pressure in the press. So the fun begins.

The first thing that happened was that the holly decided to splinter under the scraper as it got thinner. No problem, just cut a couple of new pieces.

And then there were the legs and that bit of background. OK we can do this. ..... (fool!)

That went well. (Except that the whole tail needed to be replaced as I had sanded through it in a couple of places.) Just a final clean up and … wait is the the background sanded through now?

Fortunately I found another piece of pau ferro that was close in color and grain, did a rubbing and
got the pieces in.

This is what I ended up with. I’m not happy with them but I’m very happy I got them on by launching time. I will make new panels and replace the whole center of both doors …. AT MY LEISURE. These will do as long as no one looks too closely.

Here they are in situ. The thing that comes to mind when I look at this is that the maple is too light in color. The new panels will have skies of cedar or a cedar like tone. That makes junking these a little easier to take.

But all that will have to wait. Friendship’s all rigged, the wind blows and all of a sudden a little shabby marquetry seems a very small problem indeed. Prepare to cast off !

Thanks for looking in.


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 01:36 AM


... as usual…

Thank you very much…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 02:03 AM

Been down that Flatulence brain storm road myself I think I would have left it and said it was ment to be that way. It came out good anyway

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 02:21 AM

Great recovery Paul, sometimes I will try to salvage a major mistake just to punish myself for making it in the first place. “I’ll never do that again”.......Ya right. Then its ” I thought I’d have learned from the last time I did that”. It just goes to prove were all human but at least your old enough to claim it as a “senior moment”, I don’t even have that excuse yet unless you can have those in your late 40’s. The boat looks great!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 02:40 AM

Paul I am with you…... Time to go boating and chill…....

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 03:43 AM

Paul your senior moment so called seems to me to be so minor because if I had built a ship such as the Friendship waiting for me at the end of the dock. I would be dancing a jig and making a complete fool out of myself!!!!!!!!!! Its a beautiful piece of art in itself !!!!!!! The Friendship makes those other boats look like they came out of ( well you know seen one you seen them all). I don’t know how to sail but I would be happy to just sit and admire the beautiful art!!! Sorry you had a senior moment Paul. It happens to us all!!!!

-- 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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#6 posted 05-11-2013 03:46 AM

A good sailor always returns to the sea.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 04:20 AM


The test of a true craftsman: not that you don’t make mistakes, but that you can correct them. It seems like a lot of work, but you made a good recovery!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 05-11-2013 06:32 AM

All because you can. That’s why we do some of the things we do. Thank you for having the humility to share your blunders. It reminds us that we are all human. Hope you have some happy sailing.

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

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#9 posted 05-11-2013 08:46 AM

I’m sorry to hear that you ran into trouble with this project Paul, but at the same time it’s very comforting to hear that others, even such a craftsman as yourself, sometimes screw up too. Regardless, the doors still look beautiful and I’m sure you will be getting many compliments on them from fellow yachtsmen when Friendship is tied up in port. Good sailing!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-11-2013 10:35 AM

Way to go to recover. I knew you could do it if anybody!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 05-11-2013 12:46 PM

Way to go Paul!
That boat is looking good. Good for you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 05-11-2013 01:10 PM

How you recover is the best solution to brain farts. I have them all the time. Your boat, your work in general is classy work. You inspire and elevate the quality of the output of woodworkers around the world. Good sailing!!

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

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#13 posted 05-11-2013 01:51 PM

Nice recovery! Once again, persistence pays off.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 05-11-2013 09:38 PM

Hi Paul,
Even with pva glue, heat will soften it. If it is small pieces, i use the microwave. Just this morning, I had reclaim ed glass from an iron framed window and i used blow torch to heat it. The only problem, silicon solidifies quickly so I have to scrape it while hot. For wood, i also do the same but using blow torch. I will try next time blow dryer much safer and will not burn the wood. Thanks fo the idea.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 05-11-2013 09:48 PM

well even though im not there, my heart is sailing on friendship…i can feel the wind and the smell of the salt air…im ready for a nice morning with a big hot mug… even though im not there paul, i am sorta…...what a beautiful boat..i could see you heading to sitka or…maybe persistence will pay of…or then again i probably dont have a chance huh…well motor out of the harbor and then set the sails…and away you go…...

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

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