FANTASY MARQUETRY #8: Working through the unexpected problems

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Blog entry by stefang posted 08-29-2014 11:00 PM 2362 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My cutting didn’t go so well today. I experienced the same problem with the pattern lifting off the packet as I cut. I finally figured out that it was because I had used a recycled cabinet backing for the packet and it was lacquered, preventing the hide glue from sticking. but didn’t notice this at the time. This has been a problem from the start which will cause a lot of extra work, but I think I can still get a fairly decent result anyway, and I was relieved that the mystery is solved and I don’t have to worry about it for future projects.

Here is what I did today. You can see that I didn’t try too hard to follow the design lines with the clouds. I did have an awful time with cutting the hand holding the pipe with all some very small details due to the pattern coming loose , but some of the parts can be redone if necessary in the next round. A little frustrating, but part of the learning process.

I’m expecting to finish up this first part pretty quickly now as the most difficult cutting is mostly done except for the remedial work.

Today’s Tip
If you look closely at the pattern margins of the photo below you will see that instead of cutting the boarders at the pattern line, I have extended the veneers right into the margin. The reason for this is to make it easy to trim the boarders after the picture is glued to a substrate with a single cut to get them consistently straight and also to insure that the corners are all at 90 degrees. This way I don’t have to worry about bad cuts on individual pieces ruining the boarders or putting the picture out of square for eventual framing.

Thanks for following with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 12:09 AM

Too bad about the pattern but you’re doing great.

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

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 12:32 AM

Glad the mystery is solved! Or Solve-ED! as the pink panther would say…I’m looking forward to seeing this completed. Little by little you guys will get me to use that paper thin veneer stuff…

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 08-30-2014 01:12 AM

That’s incredible work.

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#4 posted 08-30-2014 01:51 AM

You’ve certainly done a great job on the wood selection and grain orientation. your picture is really taking shape.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-30-2014 02:33 AM

looking good man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 08-30-2014 03:30 AM

Mike, Gandalf is coming along ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 08-30-2014 05:27 AM

More power to you Mike, this looks fantastic to me.


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#8 posted 08-30-2014 05:46 AM

I think it is amazing!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#9 posted 08-30-2014 07:01 AM

Though your trouble with the backing board on the picture it looks great.


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#10 posted 08-30-2014 07:19 AM

Definately Looking good Mike!!

How did you produce the shading/colour on the clouds?

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 08-30-2014 08:19 AM

Thanks much guys. I am really loving this work in spite of the pattern problem. It’s so much fun to see the picture grow from day to day. I thought I had started this project just a few days ago and I was shocked yesterday to see that my first blog on this project was 21 days ago. The days fly by when you are having fun!

Paul My plastic shelf covering did dry up quite a bit. I’ll have to cut a new one today. I will keep the new one covered as you suggested. It is a really handy way to keep everything in order.

Philip My main concern about starting with this type of work was those thin fragile veneers. I need not have worried because once they are reinforced with paper or marquetry tape on the back they are very easy to handle and to cut.

Robert The clouds aren’t cut out yet. I hope to do that today.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 08-31-2014 11:15 PM

You’re doing an amazing job Mike.

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

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#13 posted 09-01-2014 11:08 AM

Oh I am so silly …... 2nd try How did you produce the shading/colour on the sky?

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 09-01-2014 11:16 AM

Roger That remains to be seen. I’m doing some repair work today. It’s kind of challenging.

Robert I didn’t do any shading there, The sky wood is dyed and the dye came out a little darker in places due to the changing grain characteristics.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 09-02-2014 02:31 PM

Wow, just amazing, Mike

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

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