OK, The French Veneer (at last) #12: Bump-out Verticals

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 01-11-2015 04:14 AM 2756 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off last time with this photo from “Masterpieces of Marquetry” that I chose to adorn the bump-out verticals where the centre drawers stick out past the side ones.

After cutting the side motifs these little strips were easy, almost relaxing marquetry therapy. These are the painting in wood packet layers employing Curly Maple, Espenille, Padauk, Pink Ivory, and Poplar on an Ebony ground.

Here is the packet, ready to cut with my Inkscape tracing glued on top.

The cut pieces, glue side up, on shelf liner ready for shading.

And here they are sand shaded, mounted on kraft paper, and ready for filling and pressing. That will have to wait until the top marquetry is complete.

An easy bit of marquetry and a short entry this time. Next up is the top, the most challenging cut I have attempted. It will also be cut in PIW style but I have a little twist on the old methods that I’ll show in the next segment.

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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#1 posted 01-11-2015 05:54 AM

Great work, the pieces look lighter in color after shading than before shading ?

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 06:06 AM

Awesome work, Paul. I can’t wait for the next post!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 06:38 AM


I’m in awe of your patience and precision. Just want to say WOW!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 07:17 AM

Looking good
Well done

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 09:38 AM

Wonderful work.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 01-11-2015 12:10 PM

Beautiful work my friend. Do you think the shelf liner wold work with the thinner 1/42” veneer or would it be to fragile to peal up?

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

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#7 posted 01-11-2015 12:31 PM

Amazing! I’m in awe of your skills. Looking forward to the next step.

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

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 12:55 PM

I’m always in awe of your craftsmanship. Really amazing Paul.

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

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 01:00 PM

Just gets better and better.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 01-11-2015 01:34 PM

What Roger said, you keep growing your skills level up and up and up each time!

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

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#11 posted 01-11-2015 02:00 PM

You know Paul, you keep at it and you’re gonna get good at this marquetry stuff.
Really nice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 01-11-2015 02:45 PM

Thanks everyone,

Tom, I think it’s just the lighting. They aren’t lighter after shading.

Paul, yes it will work. I use it with thin veneer as well. The only problem is that thin veneer tends to curl up more and creates some problems that way. If you use it, don’t throw away the peeled off paper. Use it to keep the assembly covered until complete. The adhesive seems to dry out in air. Also, if you need a little more bite, press it. Just like masking tape it will amp up the bond.

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

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#13 posted 01-11-2015 04:58 PM

Which veneer saw do you have in picture #2? I am thinking of spending the money on the Gramercy saw. Thoughts?

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#14 posted 01-11-2015 05:19 PM

Awesome work Paul.

-- PER Larry

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#15 posted 01-11-2015 06:51 PM

Paul, since you’ve switched over to the thicker veneers do you still laminate newsprint onto the show face of the veneer for reinforcement?

And have you had issues with newsprint-reinforced veneers with sand shading?

I tried sand shading on a project this weekend, and while it worked OK on the veneer I’m using (.014” to .023” thick) the newsprint bubbled up and made kind of a mess. Maybe I got it too hot.

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