A whale of a time (Marquetry) #2: The Layout

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-29-2011 06:43 PM 4882 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, I got approval form the customer and time to get started on the project. To pattern it I enlisted the services from a local sign company. They printed it up with the colors separated life size (life size to the bed not life size in the wild). They made me some mask to use as the pattern.

Here is also the wood I choose to use. They are Quarter Sawn Walnut (dark color) and Lacewood (reddish color):
colors used Quarter Sawn Walnut and Lacewood

These were masks so I was able to stick them to the veneer pieces. I cut them out using an exacto knife. When I can to a part of the patten that was to intersect the main veneer cutout I’d use that “real” piece as the pattern (because variation could have occurred when cutting the first pattern.)

All pieces were tapped together on the face.

(yellow in the picture is the mask)
Chris cutting out the veneer pieces

Finding the best placement for the whales

Here are a couple raw video shots
wwbeds shop 04/26/11 11:21AM

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at or See what we are doing live:

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Next step is to do the cutout on the murphy bed face. See next blog.

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 06:55 AM

That is sure an interesting grain on the lacewood!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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