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I recently posted a tool gloat regarding my purchase of a DeWalt 788 scroll saw. After scouting around for marquetry blades and dinky drill bits, I finally have gotten into the act. The second picture is my inspiration for this project, the cover photo from the Grateful Dead's fifth album, American Beauty released in 1970 (I was 15 at the time).

This project was done using the double bevel technique, wherein the table is tilted about 8 degrees, and both the inlay and ground sections are cut at the same time with the background atop the inlay portion. I used Flying Dutchman 2/0 marquetry blades, and the holes were drilled with a #73 drill bit.

I was so excited to post, that the glue (white Elmer's) is barely dry. Things should only get better with practice.
Just the sort of fussy fun I like. Warning for you aging baby-boomers out there…this is bifocal or reading glasses work!

I will update this post when the glue is dry, the holes are filled, and the marquetry is installed on the box lid this is intended to grace.

QS White Oak, Redheart, Cardinalwood, and Walnut. Inlay is approximately 2×2˝

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Doug , I am blown away with this first shot at it.
You certianly have and eye for it. Can't wait to see what comes next.

Bob
 

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Thanks, Bob. Now no piece of wood, no matter how small will get tossed. I'll never get the shop cleaned up for a return visit from MsDebbieP.
 

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Nice work!

What in the world ever became of Sweet Jane?
 

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A real piece of art Douglas. Well done.
 

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Chico-
She lost her sparkle, you know she isn't the same
Living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine
all a friend can say is "ain't it a shame".

My "company" logo:

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I have a Brand New Company custom branding iron I had made several years back that I burn into the work I'm proudest of.

By now it's probably no surprise to many that I am a little bit of a Dead Head (nothing extreme mind you).
 

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This a fine job for a first effort! It looks amazing, good woork.
 

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Doug, that is just outstanding!

Have you read, heard, about heating sand so that you can shade an edge to give a little depth to the petals? Next step my friend.

Now go out and get your vacuum press.

One of the local ww groups is holding a marquetry contest for the August meeting. Thinking of doing it legit (green for leaves, yellow for sun etc) or doing it psychedelic (green for sun, red for earth, orange for sky etc.).

Most of my ties are Save the Children except for my Jerry Garcia tie.

Lee
 

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Awesome job! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Looks pretty good to me Doug.
 

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well done. very precise
 

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Fantastic, Doug! I've been wondering what you've been up to. It was worth the wait!
 

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Very nice! Can't wait to see it in the box lid.
 

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Doug, you did an incredible job for your first one! That looks great…I agree with gbvinc…let's see the box it's going in.

Thanks for posting it.
 

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Hi Douglas;

U dun good George!!!

Obviously you're hooked.

For somebody artistic like yourself this can open a whole new world of woodworking for you.

I use an R.B.I Hawk magnifying Glass / light that really enlarges the work to the point of it seeming like it's not finesse work. I'm certain you can find them elsewhere, I just ordered mine with the saw since it was part of an upgrade kit that I wanted.

The next step is sand shading to add a 3 - d effect to your work. Then you can add mother of pearl or all kinds of other inlay materials.

I'll bet if you really get into this, with your abilities, you'll do some incredible artwork.

Enjoy:

Lee
 

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What he said! Amazing Doug, you are too much. That is just gorgeous, outfingstanding. Jerry would be proud, I have marquetry envy. Too cool. Love the Logo too.
 

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Diuglas A great job on the inlay. Looks like fun.
 

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Thanks, folks. I knew about the sand shading and will give it a try on the next project. It's just that I waited a week for the blades, wire drills and pin vise. Just when I was ready to rock, Omaha had another tornado-like event (second in two weeks - this one was 90+ miles per hour straight-line winds) that took out our electricity for 48 hours. I just couldn't put my enthusiasm on hold for another minute. And, yeah, it is fun!

The good news in all this disaster is that it's a green wood turners "buyers market". Drive down any street in town and in Council Bluffs across the river and there are chain-sawn log sections stacked at the curb for free pickup. I already have a new load of what I hope is spalted maple, and I'll be out tomorrow combing the streets for walnut, honey locust, ash, box-elder and basswood logs.
 

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Nice! I can see only good is going to come from this marquetry work of yours!

Best of luck out there with the wood - sounds like pickins are good - though at an expense.
 

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Douglas - nice job. I want to see the box lid with that on it - its going to look really good. Where did you get the scroll saw blades? I've been planning to give marquetry a go for some time, and you've given me a good nudge in that direction.
 
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