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I was asked to make this as a gift for someone who is a Red Sox fan. I figured this would be a good project to take on to help increase my marquetry skills. I think one thing that certainly helped was the fact that it is a very large piece at 24"x24". This was also done using an X-acto knife like my previous projects in veneer.

I created a blog posting for this, but haven't gotten around to finishing up the series. I will attempt to finish it up tonight.

The woods used are: Wenge for the dark brown, Bloodwood for the red, Holly for the outer lighter ring and name, Walnut for the background, and a dyed white veneer of unknown species that has a bit of birdseye figure in it for the center portion of the baseball. The whole thing is trimmed in 1/8" walnut.

Finish is 5 coats of gloss Arm-R-Seal.

One of these days I need to build a Chevalet…

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Love the Sox!! Nice work!
 

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Looks Great! Nice work !
 

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You've made Len a happy man. ;)
 

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Pretty awesome, jmart.
 

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Very nice.
You are making serious progress in marquetry.
I have some of that "Birdseye snow white veneer" too.
I find it looks too strange and have only used it once.
I think it came in one of those little packets from Lee Valley.

Nice fits and nice background treatment. It really sets off the logo …... and oh yea, I have no idea how you can do that good of lettering with a knife. Great skills.
 

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Thanks guys.

Paul,

It is a bit un-naturally white. But I figured it makes good use for when pure white is warranted. At least until I get a chevalet or anything that can cut some pearl sheeting.

I find the lettering to be fairly simple, actually.

I had to re-do the center baseball portion of this due to getting some wavy-ness after glue-up again. Trying to figure out what is causing it. This time it only affected the very center. Probably not enough pressure in the center of the board during clamp-up. I ended up making a new baseball+sox portion, laid it over the old one, hogged out the waste with my router, and glued the new one in it's place.
 

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I think you are right about the pressure. Ideally you try to apply pressure from one side toward the other or from the centre out in order to avoid trapping glue in the middle. What sort of press or cauls are you using or is it a vacuum bag?
 

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I'm using homemade cauls, plus 2 sheets of 3/4" MDF on each side. I think what happened was that I probably clamped the outsides first and then did the inside. I'll have to fix that next time.

I plan on making a press shortly before my next veneering project. I've got a few of the large C-clamps and will be cutting them apart for the screws like you posted.
 

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Beautiful work. My press is the car jack single pressure point (in the middle) which seems to automatically squeeze the glue out to the edges all the way around. but I do wonder how consistent the pressure is out to the edges. I haven't glued anything larger than a letter sized marquetry to date, but I do wonder how well it will work on larger glue-ups.
 

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Wow - fantastic work!

Even a life-long Orioles Fan like myself just HAS to admit that this is REALLY nice. You should be proud to accomplish a piece like this.

Cheers!

-bob
 

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Great job, jmart!

Can I place my order now?
 

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Go jmart! Go baseball!
 

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Thanks everyone. JayT, Sure I can take an order. I'm not cheap though, despite what Red/Stef say.
 

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Jmart, it came out awesome! I really appreciate the glue up discussion. It's going to help this winter when I fire up a few projects. From what I can see, you are light years ahead of me. I think I'll try. To a very basic design very cleanly. I'll leave the masterpieces to you, Paul and Mike.
 

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Let me know if I can be of any help, Mark. I'm still pretty new at this, however. Paul is quite a bit more experienced than I am in this.
 

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Came out really nice Jmart. Your veneer skills are awesome!
 

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Even a born and bred Yankee fan can appreciate this. Well done JMart.
 
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