Marquetry with Inlaying Pearl, and Abalone.

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 08-04-2014 05:43 PM 1900 reads 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Practicing marquetry for my next box. It’s been awhile for me, so figuring out which style and color of veneers to use can be the hardest part, just getting started.

This design took me about three weeks to come up with and will to be used for the top of a Gem Box that I am working on.

Cutting out the Pearl and Abalone and inserting into this practice piece top was a little time consuming but very enjoyable. Using basically the Window Method, cutting out the sharp corners where the toughest.

Here are a few pictures of the steps I used to make the Gem Star insert. Thank you for looking!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 05:59 PM

Wow! Dennis, it looks terrific!

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

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 06:03 PM

Going to be sweet Dennis.
I’m sending you a PM.

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

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 06:09 PM

Gorgeous. I really like your rendition of the flower abed butterfly. Many are so stylized they don’t look real. Yours looks like I could pick the flower and shoo away the butterfly. Nice indeed. I also appreciate the three weeks planning to get to the cutting. I’m working on my first marquetry box, and getting everything in line to begin cutting is taking a long time! Your planning here was certainly time well spent.

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

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 06:18 PM

I love watching your “in progress” photos. It really brings us right next to you in your creative process. Thanks for sharing. It looks to be another wonderful project. :)


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

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 06:57 PM

what a beautiful design, i agree with roger in that is does look so real, watching you in your steps by step progress is very enjoyable…am looking forward to seeing more…seeing it with clear coat brings it all alive…thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 08:12 PM

Beautiful Job! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 08-04-2014 09:39 PM

Beautiful work, is this the beginning of another book?

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 09:50 PM

Dennis, That really looks nice! I know that this is going to be another beautiful creation. Looking forward to seeing the finished product !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 08-04-2014 10:03 PM

Wow! Very impressive.!

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 11:31 PM

You have much patience Dennis. You do amazing stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 08-05-2014 12:42 AM

Love the work done on the flower, very realistic, will be looking forward to your box.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 08-05-2014 01:33 AM

Very nice! I’ve got some things I want to do with marquetry, but have been on hold until I retire, which is soon.

Now, the question nobody else has asked- did you pick up that 50-Lb weight with one hand to set it on for the pressure?

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#14 posted 08-05-2014 03:55 AM

If that’s just practice, I can’t wait to see when you get serious. But I’ve already seen what you can do and it’s all outstanding craftsmanship. I would also like to try and incorporate some pearl and/or abalone into a project. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#15 posted 08-05-2014 04:25 AM


No wonder everything you do is so perfect! You practice—even when you don’t need to practice. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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