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Wood And Materials Used
various veneers on a Jatoba base
Tools Used
scroll saw, etc
Location
Indiana
Here is a set of coasters I made as a Christmas present for my daughter. The marquetry was done with commercial 1/40" veneer and was all cut simultaneously on a scroll saw using the "PAD" method. Marquetry is glued to a base of Jatoba, with the edges routed with 1/4" roundover to expose the Jatoba on the border. I used Jatoba because it is nice and heavy, and the heft makes it less likely for the coaster to stick to a glass with water present from condensation. Finished with spray polyurethane.
If you'd like to make coasters similar to this, here is a link to a video with details on how to do it (the video is with a different marquetry design, but identical technique). It is quite easy even if you've never done marquetry, as long as you have a scroll saw. I've also included the sketch of the marquetry (note: the birds eye was burned in with a basic wood burning pen after marquetry glue-up)


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Very nice work! I do a lot of router inlaying, but I have not learned how to do marquetry. Thanks for the link to your marquetry video - I will definitely study it. This has me wondering; which is faster and easier to do, marquetry or router inlaying?

A few weeks ago I posted my bird inlay coffee table project. The photo below shows one of the photographs of hummingbirds that I used as a model, and my inlay version of the hummingbird. For this hummingbird I used blackwood, zebra wood, eastern red cedar and purpleheart.
 

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Very nice work! I do a lot of router inlaying, but I have not learned how to do marquetry. Thanks for the link to your marquetry video - I will definitely study it. This has me wondering; which is faster and easier to do, marquetry or router inlaying?

A few weeks ago I posted my bird inlay coffee table project. The photo below shows one of the photographs of hummingbirds that I used as a model, and my inlay version of the hummingbird. For this hummingbird I used blackwood, zebra wood, eastern red cedar and purpleheart.
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Nice work. My opinion is that marquetry is substantially faster and easier. But check out a recent video I made where I combine marquetry with a router :
 

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Very nice work! I do a lot of router inlaying, but I have not learned how to do marquetry. Thanks for the link to your marquetry video - I will definitely study it. This has me wondering; which is faster and easier to do, marquetry or router inlaying?

A few weeks ago I posted my bird inlay coffee table project. The photo below shows one of the photographs of hummingbirds that I used as a model, and my inlay version of the hummingbird. For this hummingbird I used blackwood, zebra wood, eastern red cedar and purpleheart.
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Wow, I took a closer look at your bird inlay table; very impressive work! I'm amazed that your do all of that with a freehand router. What do you use for a router? Also one of your photos shows some clamps with a very long reach; what are those? they look quite useful.
 

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Very nice gift idea!
 

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Beautiful work, more of an artist, that will make a very nice gift.
 

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Wow, I took a closer look at your bird inlay table; very impressive work! I'm amazed that your do all of that with a freehand router. What do you use for a router? Also one of your photos shows some clamps with a very long reach; what are those? they look quite useful.
Thank you! My router is a Bosch 1617 EVSPK with Bosch RA1166 plunge base. I like the buffered easy start feature of the router motor and its variable speed settings. People have asked why I don't use a small router for the small inlays that I do. The reason is leverage - with a big router base small movements are easy. With a small router and base a little push makes it go further - and harder to control. Those long (and shorter clamps) are all Vice Grip brand. The longest ones are model SP 24. The inside jaw reach on those are 16.5".

I have seen some demos of CNC routers. It seemed to me that the set up time would be much longer than how I do it free hand. Especially with some of the small hummingbird inlays that had five different kinds of wood. Also, would it be possible for CNC routers to put designs right next to the edge as I sometimes do?

I made coasters with bird inlays for the coffee table. Quite different design than the ones you made. I will post that here in the projects section soon. Currently I am building another coffee table, same construction as the bird inlay table. But this new table will have an Ice Age theme; cave men spearing wooly mammoths, saber tooth tigers, etc.
 
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