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Blog series by stefang updated 09-20-2014 06:13 PM 13 parts 34889 reads 243 comments total


08-08-2014 01:54 PM by stefang | 31 comments »

Why am I blogging this?This will be my second marquetry using veneers. This one will be much more difficult than my first recently finished practice project (shown below) assigned to me by Paul aka Shipwright . It is probably too advanced for me at this stage and I will probably make a lot of mistakes, but I am hoping it will be a great learning experience if nothing else. My thought is that if you are at all interested you might enjoy seeing me stumble around in the dark for a couple of mont...

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Part 2: Preparing Veneers for a packet

08-16-2014 03:51 PM by stefang | 34 comments »

Finally was able to get a little work done on my wizard marquetry. I was planning to make a large picture about the size of two A4 pieces of paper, but I chickened out thinking that it might be wise to keep it A4 size instead to make it more manageable to cut on my Chevalet since I’m so inexperienced with it. The first thing I did was to redraw the picture in the smaller format. This time I remembered to flip the picture first to get a mirror image before tracing it on my light ...

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Part 3: Preparing a packet For Cutting

08-20-2014 04:20 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

You might remember from the last time that I was busy preparing veneers by cutting them to size and also putting reinforcing tape on the face sides. The marquetry will be cut with the back side up and the design in a reverse position (mirror image) placed on top of the packet. Taping or gluing paper on the face side protects the veneers from damage and levels the face veneers so that any differences in veneer thicknesses will appear on the back side and can be sanded/filled to level for gl...

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Part 4: Evolution of the Wizard Design

08-24-2014 06:35 PM by stefang | 14 comments »

WARNING An important part of this marquetry, but no woodworking involved. Since I am attempting to take you on my complete novice journey with this project I have to bring up the subject of the design again, but in more detail this time. The design for a marquetry is everything. No matter how beautiful the veneers are or how well cut and joined they are, the final project will be judged on the basis of how good the finished picture looks. You can start out with a very nice photo or ...

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Part 5: Assembling the Packet (at last)

08-26-2014 04:19 PM by stefang | 16 comments »

I finally got all my veneer patches placed, at least those that would be cut this time. Here they are finished. The next job was to tape the layers together, first one layer and tape, then the 2nd layer always using thin tape and trying to avoid overlaps on the ensuing layers. As I added more layers the packet seemed to get tighter. I finally got the small pieces done as shown in photo 1 below and then I taped around the edges with wide tape as shown in in the 2nd photo. The...

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Part 6: Learning to drive my Chevalet

08-27-2014 04:31 PM by stefang | 16 comments »

After getting the packet ready for sawing I put clear packing tape on the top and bottom, partly to lubricate the blade and more importantly to give a slick surface to slide well in my Chevalet clamp. Another advantage was to protect the paper design, as shown below. After that the fun began. I drilled an entry hole in the hat band buckle which will be eliminated with a later cutting and put the cut out on the picture. It slid around a lot, so I cut a piece of transparent plastic s...

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Part 7: Another Marquetry Process

08-28-2014 06:49 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

I didn’t get much done today on my wizard marquetry, but what I did do maybe brings up an interesting topic, sand shading. A disclaimer here as I have only tried sand shading once before and it didn’t turn out very well, but it is a subject worth discussing because it also has a lot to do with how the marquetry is cut and that is my main point here. As you can see from the photo below the wizards hand has been cut out around each finger and a little less obvious also on the han...

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Part 8: Working through the unexpected problems

08-29-2014 11:00 PM by stefang | 16 comments »

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 ...

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Part 9: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

08-30-2014 05:16 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

Having the same problems today with the pattern and I messed up a lot. On the positive side I will learn a lot about how to do repairs as there will be a lot of them on this project. I was tempted to trash it, but I’ve got too much time invested in it to do that, besides, I will get some valuable experience doing the repairs. Repair workAll of the repair work will involve replacing badly cut and/or badly fitting pieces. This would be easy if I had been able to cut exactly to the patt...

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Part 10: Repair work

09-01-2014 05:56 PM by stefang | 9 comments »

Today was mainly devoted to repair work. I had a lot of bad cuts due to the pattern coming loose (my fault). Repair methodI 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....

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Part 11: Stage 1 almost finished

09-02-2014 03:56 PM by stefang | 18 comments »

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...

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Part 12: Nearing the Finish Line

09-19-2014 02:35 PM by stefang | 26 comments »

You might be wondering why there hasn’t been a post on this blog for some time. I have just been occupied with, you guessed it, garden work and getting our outdoor stuff stored for the winter, but I did manage to get most of the repairs and finishing touches done on my Wizard marquetry and even managed to get it into my veneer press today. So here is what I did after the initial cutting on my Chevalet. Repairs, repairs and repairsYou might remember that I had the pattern coming off ...

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Part 13: Fresh out of the press

09-20-2014 06:13 PM by stefang | 30 comments »

The veneer press worked perfectly for me using the hot hide glue. I brushed glue on the picture back and the substrate and rubbed it in with circular motions to make sure there would be no dry spots. Here is the sequence of the pressing procedure. This was photographed as I took it out of the press, but I am showing the sequence backwards to give you an idea of how I prepared the glue up for pressing. Photo below: a plastic layer to protect the bottom press caul from glue squeeze-out. ...

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