FANTASY MARQUETRY #10: Repair work

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Blog entry by stefang posted 09-01-2014 05:56 PM 1891 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was mainly devoted to repair work. I had a lot of bad cuts due to the pattern coming loose (my fault).

Repair method
I found that the easiest way was to take a ‘rubbing’ from the empty spaces in my temporarily assembled picture. The empty spaces were where my badly cut or ruined pieces should have been. The method requires that there is an outline edge for the entire piece.

I placed a plain piece of paper over each space in turn and just ran my pencil from side to side. A distinct line is left where the pencil hits the edges leaving a nice outline of the hole which is the shape of the missing piece as shown below.

The paper was then taped at the top to a piece of the appropriate veneer and my craft knife run along the inside of the pencil lines. This leaves a shallow cut the shape of the piece on the veneer. The paper was then removed and the piece carefully cut out, cutting a little deeper on several passes.

This didn’t go so well at first, but I soon improved my cutting technique and the parts began rolling off the assembly line. Not as fast as Henry Ford’s Model T’s, but fast enough for me.

Other Work
I did saw out the green part on the tree trunk so that is new. I plan to get a lot done tomorrow, hopefully to finish up the first stage which will then at least completely cover the pattern. After that I will be deciding how to add the rest of the detail and when that is finished the sand shading has to be done.

I’m feeling much more optimistic after today’s session. Here is what it looks like now and yesterday’s finish just so you can see the empty spaces I fill with my knife cut pieces.

Thanks for having a look!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 09-01-2014 06:08 PM

Coming along quite nicely Mike. Great instructional blog. Thanks again for the detais.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 06:16 PM

Thanks John. It’s progressing pretty slowly, but I will eventually get there. I hope some others may benefit from my experience with this project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 06:50 PM

I’m certainly enjoying and learning a lot from your blog. Thanks.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 07:31 PM

Thanks Peter. We are both learning together. I do hope this is my last marquetry needing so much repair work. On the other hand it may be an advantage to learn it now before I take on another project, so there is a bright side to this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 11:14 PM

You are a very patient man Mike. Good going.

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

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 11:24 PM

I have been watching all along Mike.

I personally would just have the CNC rip snort through a project like this, but it is fascinating watching you do it. And I applaud your determination and acquired skills. Carry on.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 09-02-2014 12:07 AM

looks like your developing the right way of doing things after a few mistakes, it happens to the best of us, i do have one question though, what are the holes i see within the pattern, and how will you fix those, i take it they must be fixed…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 09-02-2014 05:13 AM

been watching this progress mike

you are a talented
and determined man

lot’s of learning here

one thing i use to do for intarsia with multiple parts/colors

make the original drawing with arrows (grain direction)
color or wood code symbols and make copies on the copier
you can cut the paper outside the line then spray photo mount it to the wood
a crisp clean line every time to cut to even if you have to do it over various times

for larger works
i make the patterns from stiffer mat board (thicker than cereal boxes)
and cut them with a razor knife just lay them on the wood
and mark with a sharp pencil
if a piece gets over-cut wrong just make another
then as they are intarsia fit them two by two
four by four and so on
the bigger parts then can be brought together
by fitting them to each other

this is 5ft across and 4ft tall
all edge glued out of 3/4” stock (no backing)
there are two of them (till i lost the pattern)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 09-02-2014 09:08 AM

Thanks for your comments and tips guys. The pattern coming loose was what created all the problems for me. The hot hide glue ordinarily does a great job of holding it down, better than any spray adhesive or glue stick. In this case my recycled plywood panel that the pattern was glued to had been lacquered and I missed that, so the glue hardly held at all. If that hadn’t happened I would probably have been done with this in 2 or 3 of days.

Bob The holes were from nails used to hold the packet together. I later found out from Paul that I really didn’t need them. Yes, they will have to be eliminated. I plan to do this by adding other veneers which will become part of the picture. Packets are often nailed together, so some packets require nails while others don’t. I imagine it has more to do with the overall size of the packet (width and length) than it’s thickness.

Steve Wow, can a CNC cut =0.60mm (0.24”) thick veneers for a marquetry pattern? If it can, I’m guessing that each piece must have to be cut separately instead of all at once in a packet like mine was.

David Beautiful intarsia. Much the same technique is used for marquetry, but Hot hide glue is a lot better at holding the pattern than spray or glue stick (I’ve used both extensively), but in this case I missed that my recycled plywood panel was lacquered and so the HHG didn’t stick well at all. A pretty stupid mistake that was very costly in terms of extra work. I’m still mad at myself for this mistake, but I’m considering forgiveness if it turns out ok in the end.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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