“The Window Method” Parquetry is a geometrical form of Marquetry.

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 06-12-2011 01:22 AM 4042 reads 20 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Parquetry panel is an insert for a conference table. This is the companies logo, It’s an abstract design of an Eagle. The panel size is 24” wide x 54” long. This was a very fun project, it took me around 32 hours to draw, cut, glue, and stain and finish. I used the “The Window Method” because of the long straight lines and the geometrical shapes. It’s much more accurate this way. If I was to used a scroll saw it would be very hard to keep the lines straight.

1st step: is to draw or tape down a template onto the wood that will be your background wood.

2nd step: using a exacto knife or a scalpel, I like to use a Swann Morton, scalpel with a 10A surgical blade. It cuts incredible and the blades are very easy to sharpen. Cutting into the middle of the pencil line, only cut lightly into the wood about 3/4” long. Make about four passes until you go all the way through. Don’t try to press to hard, light presser will make it easier to stay on you pencil lines. Continue cutting this way around your pencil line or paper template. The piece that you cut out will be your template for your next step.

3rd step: Take the shape that you just cut out, “The Template” and tape onto the piece of veneer that will be in your parquetry picture. Then take you knife and by following around the template. Start cutting the same way as you did in step 2. When your completely done cutting out around the template, then your first piece of parquetry will fit into the Background Veneer.

Then I just do the same steps until I’m done with all the pieces. It is a very simple way, it’s also very fast and rewarding. The pictures I took are in order to follow all the way through from the beginning to the end. I hope this helps out anyone that is looking to try this method. Thanks for looking, Lumberjocks.

The veneers are Maple, Walnut, Black Ebony, Quartered Figure Anigree

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 01:28 AM

Great post. I will be doing some of that soon!

That blue painters tape sure comes in handy, huh?


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 01:32 AM

Great post! Thanks Dennis, I always look forward to your posts and projects.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 01:38 AM

Well done Dennis. That looks like P/M arquetry to me. I think of parquetry as all straight lines but I could be wrong. Whatever it is it’s very well done.
I’m currently doing a blog on the differences between various sawn marquetry techniques but I stayed away from knife techniques. I will add a link to yours for that part of the journey if it’s OK with you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 01:51 AM

Dennis: A great job, I’ll have to give that process a try.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 02:23 AM


Thanks for showing us another method. It is interesting to compare the various methods. All of you master craftsmen make these things look much easier than they actually are!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 02:35 AM

Wow Dennis !!!!! That is beautiful and so well done. Thanks for posting this, a great lesson.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 06-12-2011 03:33 AM

Very nice work indeed.

Interesting how many people who do really precise work gravitate toward the Swann-Morton scalpels. I use the 25A blades in mine. They really are better.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 06-12-2011 03:35 AM

fa fa fa fantastic!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 06-12-2011 03:44 AM

Dennise I like youre concept and of course youre execution. Roger the thing I like about Swann &morton is you can resharpen a blade about ten times. If you use exacto get a scalpel you will really like them.

-- Billp

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#10 posted 06-12-2011 04:31 AM

Your skills amaze me, Dennis!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 06-12-2011 05:03 AM

Great work and thanks for the instructions.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#12 posted 06-12-2011 06:45 AM

Hey Dennis,
Thanks for sharing with us.

Great post and pictures is so helpful to do like this work,

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#13 posted 06-12-2011 06:54 AM

Wowzer… Dennis you make that look so easy but only with practice…I would like to try this… so will favourite it…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 06-12-2011 07:14 AM



It’s a pleasure to “watch” you blog.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 06-12-2011 11:52 AM

It is wonderful to see this broken down into steps. Thank you so much for sharing the procedure with us, Dennis! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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