Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry.

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Blog series by shipwright updated 06-16-2013 05:41 AM 10 parts 28115 reads 196 comments total

Part 1: Upgrading my Desk Doors

04-21-2013 01:23 AM by shipwright | 30 comments »

Back in 2009 when my “woodworking as a hobby” life was just getting started I became interested in veneering and marquetry. Problem was I knew nothing about marquetry so I used a set of router bushings made for inlaying and adapted a style of marquetry cutting with them. One of my early projects was a couple of doors for a new desk to fit a little nook in my home office. The text accompanying the project post says ” I will improve” so I guess the time has co...

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Part 2: Tiny Pieces, Cutting and Management

04-24-2013 03:31 AM by shipwright | 21 comments »

Whenever I post one of these blogs people ask how I cut, handle and keep track of the tiny pieces. It’s an acquired talent I guess. In my case I use things I’ve been taught , things I’ve read and some that I just made up.Taking them one at a time the first would be ….......... ”How are they cut”? I’m sure that there are some out there who can cut this part on a scroll saw, but I’m certainly not one of them. On the chevalet however, it is quit...

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Part 3: More Pieces,... Hull and Sails

04-26-2013 11:45 PM by shipwright | 16 comments »

Not a lot to say today. Just thought I’d bring you up to date on the progress. I’ve had lots of yard work this week and the shop time I do get is divided between Friendship’s marquetry and her real world spring maintenance. She will be hitting the water for the season in a week or two. When I ended the last segment, I mentioned that I was planning to use a walnut burl for the hull in the hope that I could simulate the rippling reflections of the water in the shiny paint. ...

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Part 4: Choosing and Preparing the Background

04-30-2013 12:43 AM by shipwright | 13 comments »

One of the advantages of pre-assembling on clear shelf paper is that you can pick up the whole marquetry piece and place it over a variety of backgrounds to find the best look. Almost any light veneer with some character will do for the sky and I had some mild birdseye maple that worked well. For the intervening land (Saltspring Island and Separation Point for locals) I wanted to use some myrtle burl that I had. It had dark and light areas to indicate depth of field as well as some grain ...

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Part 5: Cutting and mounting the backgrounds.

05-04-2013 04:49 PM by shipwright | 17 comments »

The last segment ended with the background pattern glued to the packet for the lower part of the picture. This is just about the same photo except that I have added some support in the middle of the packet to keep it tight. Very fine veneer nails are hard to come by so I’ve used staples from a desk stapler. They are not the ideal solution and often crumple somewhat but for a thin packet like this one they actually work very well. The cutting has begun and it’s looking OK so...

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Part 6: Look, .... a Shiny Thing !

05-05-2013 01:09 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

Disclaimer: I realize that I am digressing from the project today but not, I think you will agree, from the stated tilte of the series. I got a little distracted today. First thing this morning I got word that I could launch my boat (requires equipment) on Wednesday which means no marquetry for a couple of days …. or not. I started looking at the parts that need a little attention (read “a coat of Cetol slapped on) and decided that the cockpit locker lids and the cabin doors...

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Part 7: Shading and Assembly

05-08-2013 01:22 AM by shipwright | 22 comments »

Sorry to keep you in suspense Mike but I got a little busy with preparing the real Friendship for the water. I didn’t completely abandon the project however. It just got fewer hours. The last photo I posted was of the background for the right door all set up on the assembly board ready for all those little pieces to get glued in. First a word about the process. The ground is glued down with hot hide glue and then more glue is applied to a small area at a time and the parts in that ar...

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Part 8: Remember the Shiny Thing ? ... the saga of a senior moment

05-11-2013 01:20 AM by shipwright | 23 comments »

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 ...

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Part 9: Clearing up the Distractions /Back to the Project.

06-14-2013 02:48 AM by shipwright | 20 comments »

Well the wind was blowing and I did go sailing but it was somewhat spoiled by having to look at those doors. Between the poor marquetry and the just plain wrong colors in my veneer choices I knew I couldn’t live with them for long. So off I set to replace them. First of all I cut a new albatross but in more subdued colors this time, maple and walnut instead of holly and grey. In for a penny, in for a pound I guess. Why not put a couple of my favorite orcas on the insides? This...

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Part 10: Update on the Four Friendship Motifs plus a Video

06-16-2013 05:41 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

When I left off (over a month ago) to chase shiny things and re-do a couple of real boat issues, I had just finished assembling the two motifs for the desk doors on mounting boards. I had made a video to show part of the assembly but hoped to do a better job of it when I did the second set. It’s not that I thought this one was so bad as that I wanted to show the colors coming together. As it happens I didn’t get a better video so I’ll show you this one. It’s only real ...

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