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Marquetry Jewellery Box #6: Drawers, Dowels, and Dovetails

I guess I missed the contest ……… by a few months …….. :-) Well all the colour decisions have been made and the flowers are glued in. The next job is to build a jewellery box to glue them onto. I have decided on Baltic Birch plywood for...

FANTASY MARQUETRY #13: Fresh out of the press

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...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #8: Truing Up the Cantilevered Drawers

Now that I have the plan in place for the end marquetry there is a little housekeeping to be done with the drawers. The pull out ones in the centre column are straightforward and relatively easy so I have already glued the marquetry to them. The...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #2: Beginnings

I put a lot of thought into what the first project would be for my fine sawn veneer before I decided on this particular idea. I would have to say there was also a lot of “putting it off” involved but once the project had been chosen the next...

Marquetry Cutting Styles #1: Double Bevel or Conical Cutting

To lay some groundwork for this week’s theme of marquetry I thought I might post a blog I did a while back detailing the different styles of cutting. First of all, let me say that these are all methods for sawing marquetry. Knife methods are...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #1: A tribute to my mentors

It seems like only yesterday that I built my first chevalet from a few photos on the internet and began to try to figure out how to use it. Well it wasn’t yesterday and it wasn’t last year either. It was almost four years ago and while I did...

Marquetry Cutting Styles #3: Classic or Piece by Piece

The Classic Style is the most difficult of the saw cut styles to master. It involves cutting each piece separately, from packets of veneer, each composed of only one color or species. It’s considerable advantage is that it can produce as many...

Marquetry Cutting Styles #5: Repeating Patterns

I was doing a piece by piece experiment recently with an eye to a new project I had in mind and thought it would make an appropriate addition to this blog series. I have touched on piece by piece or classic style already I know but this is a...

Marquetry Cutting Styles #4: Painting in Wood

The “Painting in Wood” style of marquetry cutting dates to early 17th century France and gets its name from the relationship of the typical subject material to the work of the painters of the period. The brightly colored baskets of fruit and...

Marquetry Cutting Styles #2: Boulle Style

This style is named for one of the great masters, Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) and it differs from double bevel style in several ways. In both Boulle style and Classic style, which I’ll cover next, it is imperative that the blade is at...