In the following drawing the book “The Marquetry Manual” by William A. Lincoln tells you the window method is done by starting with the farthest piece in the background. This would be #1 in the top drawing. Instead of following the lines in the drawing drawing when you come to an adjoining piece you over cut (dotted lines) into the adjoining piece. Put glue all the way around it, with a tooth pic, I put my glue in aplastic coffee can lid. Wait for the glue to dry then draw or trace the line using carbon paper back in place. Then go to #2, cut it out using the line you just put back in and over cutting into #3. Repeat the same process, then go to #3.
After doing about 15 pictures using this method I decided to try something else and eliminate those extra cuts. In the drawing #2 I would cut #1 on the pattern lines. I put glue on the edges except where it joins the other two pieces. In the book the reason you over cut into the next piece is that if you stay with the pattern lines and put glue all around and come back and cut the glue line you could leave a sliver of veneer from the piece you are cutting out. If the piece you put into the window is darker or lighter that sliver will show. I figured if I don’t put glue there I won’t have that problem. When you cut #2 put glue on the edges except where it joins #3 and so on.
I sure hope this makes sense to you, if it doesn’t then post your question and I will try to make it clearer, maybe with more pictures.
Top drawing is the book method – bottom is my method.
My glue pot.
I decided to make the roses first then inlay them into the basketweave. Mainly because all the handling would cause it to start coming apart. In this picture I am cutting the first piece. I don’t remember why I picked this piece, I think it was because it was on the outer edge of the rose and it made more sense to work towards the center of the rose.
This is the window.
In this one I have slid the flower veneer under the window an moved it around till I got the grain direction the way I want it. Then lightly score around the opening with the knife a couple times. It is best to tape the flower veneer to the back before scoring.
Here I am cutting the piece out using lite cutting strokes. You can barely see the score line in the picture. If you press to hard you will loose control of the knife. One thing I found out the hard way is don’t put your fingers on the score line because the moisture in your fingers will close the line. I scratched my head many times wondering what happened to my line, then the light bulb came on.
Here it is shaded and glued in except where it joins another piece.
I am almost done with this one, just two more.
The 3 roses are done and laid into the weave, the stems are in and tomorrow I will continue with the leaves and butterfly.
-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle