A whale of a time (Marquetry) #3: Cutting the Substrate

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 05-02-2011 04:09 PM 4865 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Layout Part 3 of A whale of a time (Marquetry) series Part 4: Gluing it down. »

I have the design, cut the veneer pieces and now it is time to put it on the face. I tossed around ideas on how I’d put it on the face. My first idea was to order a large sheet of maple veneer (background wood). Cut the whale into the it like I did the rest and then glue it all onto a substrate panel. What I ended up doing was using 3/4” maple plywood as the substrate and cut in the design.

First I outlined the whale. I then went around the border with a chisel. This allowed me to come back without having to get real close with the router in the next step.
Chris Chiseling out the border

I set the router up a little shallower then the thickness of the veneer. I went around the boarder with the router because that is where you need to be careful to stay in the lines. Since I didn’t get real close to the border, I cam back and cleaned up the edge with the chisel.
routering out the border

I came back with the router and cleaned out the center with back and forth movements, being careful leave enough material to support the router.
center section taken out

Here is some raw video
Whale Outline
Whale Outline
Whale Router2

Coming up next gluing it to the substrate.

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 06:47 PM

Love inlay!!! I will ge calling you today!!!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 06:00 AM

Hi Chris…looks like you are making great progress! Can’t wait to see the finished project. I hope this will open up a whole new set of possibilities for you!

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 07:02 AM

Nice work but be careful, marquetry can become very addictive. I like the whales. I can see them from my house occasionally.

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

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 02:46 PM

Thanks for the comments. Don’t know of new possibilities and becoming addictive. I do enjoy it but it puts a cramp in my hand. Maybe the more I do it the easier it will become.

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