String inlaid box #5: Bent stringing

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 04-27-2013 02:33 AM 4279 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Old yeller... no wait, Old Brown Part 5 of String inlaid box series Part 6: Marquetry fail. »

Ok, now that the crazy week is behind me, I now have time to post what I did last week.

First, I had to cut some stringing and bend it so I could glue it into the small curved grooves. Sorry for not taking pictures of the bending process. I basically heated up a 2” pipe with a torch until it was hot. Then I dipped my strining into some water and used a thin piece of metal as a backer and pressed it to the pipe, hold it for a few seconds…. done.

Then I cut them and fit them into place, and again used OBG to glue them in.

Then scraped it flush..

Set up the cutters again and cut the next batch of grooves

Repeat the previous steps… cut, fit and glue into place. Scrape flush.

I also had enough time to cut and fit the bottom.

Now to start working on the lid. I am planning on doing some marquetry, because I do not have a chevalet, I will be using my fret saw and a birdsmouth. But I will be using Boulle method, and I plan to use a variation of some 16-17th century French stuff. I will be looking at and selecting my veneers over the next few days and once I settle on a design, I will start cutting it out. More on that later.

Thanks again for reading.

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 05:29 AM

You’ve been studying your Ramond I see Jeremy.
This is looking very nice. I know that you have “Marquetry” but for a much wider variety if copyable classic French designs look for Ramond’s three volume set “Masterpieces of Marquetry”. You can get lost in there for hours.

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

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 12:55 PM

very nice work

-- Joel

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 01:26 PM

Patrick has put me on to the three volume set… its in the near future.

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 03:03 AM

I hope you show some details on the birds mouth you are going to use for doing marquetry. I am interested to see how you do that!

the inlay looks great so far!

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