This has been a challenge to say the least!!!! I have the utmost respect for the people that make marquetry look easy… damn. This has been the biggest challenge on this project, and I’ve had more than one set-back along the way, but I’m pleased with the final look of things.
first things first. The box, as mentioned is pretty much finished and I have chiselled out the slots for the hinges.
The picture above shows 2 of the 4 hinge-slots finished. 4 hinges might be a bit excessive, but they’re small and the lid is relatively heavy. After all of the work I’ve put into this, it would be a disaster if it broke one day, lol.
Right, on to the marquetry adventure… I ran into several problems along the way. The first of which was the fact that I could not find any veneer. I’m still new to this and I’m constantly looking online and asking at the shops where to find these kinds of things, so slowly but surely I’ll start finding reliable suppliers. Until then, I have to make do with what I have and what I can make… it takes a lot of work sometimes, lol.
Until the day I find the places to get the woods/veneer I need, I have to make my own… Or rather, try to make my own, hahah! The picture above shows my attempt at cutting veneer, lol. Needless to say I didn’t dare cut too thin, so it’s about 3mm thick.
After I cut through I sanded it down to about 2mm thick. Still too thick for veneer, but it was “workable”.
The picture above shows the pattern of the marquetry on the lid. 3 calla lilies and 2 leaves. You can also see the first tracing for the inlay piece.
First flower and stem piece cut. The wood is pine, i managed to find some 2mm thick plates and it sufficed :)
My first attempt at scorching the wood didn’t turn out so well… I heated sand up in a pot and managed to burn the piece too severely to the point where it turned to charcoal, warped and then crumbled… not cool. I had to cut another piece of course.
Second attempt at the first petal. In the picture above it’s already glued in place. I was too chicken to try to scorch it again… and that was a mistake… the finished product now looks sort of wrong.. I might border off the stem, heat up some more sand and then pour it on top. If any marquetry experts are reading this and think that’s a bad idea, please let me know.
I also made a big mistake here… a BIG one… I decided to carve out the entire pattern from the lid before I started cutting the inlay pieces. It was impossible to match them exactly after that… I should definitely have done it one by one and made the minor adjustments along the way.
All the pieces cut and ready for inlay.
As mentioned above, the first inlay piece was already glued in, and then I finally manned up and tried to scorch the remaining inlay pieces, which turned out ok. I should not have glued in the first piece to start with, I should have scorched it as well.
Finito :) as you can see, it looks a little wonky because the middle stem is so dark and the rest aren’t… I really do think that I have to revisit that and somehow border off the stem of the left most flower and pour some hot sand onto it to get it to look more uniform.. what do you think? any other suggestions of how to go about this? maybe cut out the middle flower and make a new piece without scorching it?
-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.