Parquetry is a geometrical form of Marquetry. Most Parquetry has squares, triangles, and diamond shapes. Other forms of Parquetry such as, circles and ellipse were not used as much thought out history. It might be because the circle or ellipse is more complicated to cut and maintain a clean cut without any waves, where as the square, triangle and diamond can be cut easier with a saw or straight edge by using a knife.
Here are some practice pieces that I just made using, “The Window Method” This pattern is one of the same as a 54” diameter dinning room table that I am currently working on for a customer. Which I should be completed with in three to four week.
The window method is one of the best methods for cutting out circles and ellipse’s. It does take some practice to perfect this method, but once you get a grip on your technique it is quite rewarding.
Here is a list of tools needed to practice a 3” diameter circle:
B. Blue masking tape (because it is less sticky)
C. Exacto knife or scalpel
D. Two small pieces of veneer: one 5” square and one 4” square, they should be two different types of wood.
E. Veneer tape
Here is a list of steps to achieving “Decorative Parquetry”
1.First draw a 3” diameter circle on the 5” square piece of veneer
2.Then with your knife, follow the center of your pencil line and make two or three light cuts about 1/2” long. (Don’t cut through the veneer just score about half way through the veneer, and always cut lighly towards your body) With each cut you will put a groove into the veneer and your knife will fall into the groove each time you cut deeper. Once you have scored around the diameter of the circle, then you can start the next step.
3. Again with your knife repeat the same technique in step 2 but, this time go all the way though the veneer. After this cut your circle should pop right out. The circle is the waste piece: it is the outer part of the circle that is your finished piece. This outer piece will be your next template.
4. Turn your outer part upside down and tape your 4” piece of veneer to the finished outer part, now flip both pieces back over.
5. Now by using the finished outer part as a template use the veneer edge as a guide and go back and repeat step 2.
6.Now take off the tape and finish cutting out the circle the same way as step 3 and the circle should pop right out.
7. Now fit both pieces together, they should go together with just a very small cut line, which can be filled with glue when you are gluing to your sub straight.
8. Now with both pieces together, with the blue tape, tape the circle line, this is just to hold them in place. Then flip the piece over to the back and tape the glue side.
9.Now flip the pieces back over and take off the tape on the face side. Then by using venner tape, tape the circle line on the face side. Next take off the blue tape on the back side.
10. Your Parquetry piece is know ready for gluing to any sub straight of choice. ( I like to roll on my glue with a small roller to both the veneer and the sub straight.
-- Dennis Zongker