FANTASY MARQUETRY #11: Stage 1 almost finished

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Blog entry by stefang posted 09-02-2014 03:56 PM 2453 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Repair work Part 11 of FANTASY MARQUETRY series Part 12: Nearing the Finish Line »

I still have 2 or 3 spaces to fill on the tree and some on the hand, plus the work on the holes from the packet nails. Besides that, many details have to be added and sand shading done too. The last part of the sawing wasn’t quite as bad. I was able to hold onto the loose pattern as I worked.

I can’t wait to start another project where the pattern stays attached!

No learning points today except that it pays to stick with it. I managed to not let my temper get the best of me like when I was making my first box for my son many years ago and the project went south in a really bad way and I stomped it to bits on the shop floor. I wouldn’t get the same satisfaction with my marquetry project because it’s already flat and in pieces.

I’m hoping the details and the sand shading will bring this to life and I hope it will make a good gift to my son and his wife.

Thanks for following with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 04:12 PM

we are learning
it looks gooder
what more can we hope for
than a job well done

pat on the back for you

-- 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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#2 posted 09-02-2014 04:16 PM

This has been a very interesting Blog Mike ,thanks for sharing the process .Super blog and great Marquetry .


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#3 posted 09-02-2014 05:27 PM

It,s a nice piece of art Mike!
Till now I enjoyed reading your blog very much. First tought a couple of days ago was that the beard is a little to light, but now it looks good. Thank you for all your time spending on this blog.


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#4 posted 09-02-2014 07:04 PM

Mike, it is coming together very nicely. I like the colours on the tree.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 09-02-2014 07:10 PM

Nice work Mike. Looks like your on the home stretch. Are you going to sand shade any pieces?

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 09-02-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks everyone for all the encouraging comments. Please stay tuned. It’s far from finished, and yes, I will be sand shading and also adding a lot more detail and still some remedial work to do. The dragon need finishing and livening up too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 01:26 AM

Mike I am late to the party here but I am all caught up now and needless to say I want to applaud your tenacity for sticking to it and documenting your journey on this ambitious project. You have already learned many valuable lessons that will stay with you on all your future efforts.

A couple of thoughts for you to consider going forward.: don’t worry too much about the nail holes. The nails have simply pierced the wood fibers they have not removed any. With a little bit of heat and moisture that is contained in the hot glue when you go to mount the finished motif to your substrate most of those separated fibers will close right up again and be undetectable in the finished piece. Secondly, make sure that prior to proceeding to phase 2 of your cutting where you intend to make this assembled motif a layer in your new packet you do a really good job of mounting this work to a paper substrate with hot glue on the face side. Marquetry tape will not be strong enough to hold those small pieces in place during your second cutting. If the pieces begin to shift inside the second packet at all you will not be cutting what you think you are cutting and will be in for an unpleasant surprise when you open the packet up. Also you will need to ensure that the registration of the new pattern on the second packet lines up well with the positioning of this assembled layer or once again you r cuts will not be where you expected. This is an advanced technique that we did not cover at ASFM but it can be done. I’m sending you positive thoughts and wishing you success!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 06:23 AM

Mike you are making some great progress into marquetry! Very nice work!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-03-2014 09:29 AM

Jim Thanks!

Mathew Thanks much for this good advice. I have been worried about getting the picture exactly positioned and I see it as very risky, probably too risky for me at my skill level and with such small details to add.

I have decided that it will be better to just make the cuts I need with my craft knife. I would hate to ruin it now after all the time and materials that’s been invested in it. As for the holes, I’m not sure if any wood was removed or not. I used air gun nails. I plan to do a test piece to see how the hole behaves just to satisfy myself before gluing on a backing.

I noticed that Paul Schürch overlaps his marquetry tape, which makes me wonder if that makes it stronger. Nonetheless I will definitely be gluing craft paper onto the face as you suggest. The HHG alone must add a lot of strength.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-03-2014 12:14 PM

You’re doing a very fine job of sharing all this with us Mike. It’s really coming to life.

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

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#11 posted 09-03-2014 12:47 PM

Thanks Roger. Like all of my projects it’s a slow process.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 09-04-2014 07:45 AM

Mike my congratulations,
Excellent project, …explanations…and replys on various questions

The family will be pleased !!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 09-04-2014 10:33 AM

Thanks Robert. I’m looking forward to finishing it up now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 09-06-2014 11:27 PM

Very nice, It looks like your having some fun with the marquetry process and the blog itself helps you keep track of you steps. I’m looking forward to your next step.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 09-07-2014 07:59 AM

Thanks Dennis. A bit more work to be done yet. I have learned a lot from this so far and I hope the next one will go a lot smoother., but yes, it is fun anyway. I think of it as ‘gentlemen’s’ woodworking since there is virtually no mess or cumbersome cutoffs and I don’t get dust on my clothes. Quite a change from my usual process!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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