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Blog entry by Longcase posted 09-15-2014 12:18 PM 2136 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of making a couple of jewelry boxes, inspired by Patrick and Patrice’s beautiful treasure boxes.
This is a drawing of the marquetry for inside the lid.

The background is dyed black veneer, with a circle cutter I cut out for the moon.

Next the moon was cut out of burl maple with the circle cutter and inserted into the background.

Next the package was put together , making sure that all the veneers required line up with your picture, mine had 5 layers, then all taped together . The picture is glued to a top waster veneer. There is also a thick waster veneer at the bottom of the package. I didn’t take photos of this part . Sorry

Over to the saw and cut to the lines.

All the pieces are put in a tray in order.

The package now is taken apart and the backgound glued to an assemble board.

The pieces are now sand shaded.

Now glue your pieces back into the backgound.

I have put a penny in the picture to give a sense of scale.
Hope this helps .
Any questions , drop me a line.

All the best
Keith in Vancouver.



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MadJester

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 01:00 PM

That is a great method! And an amazing amount of work and talent! I don’t think I could ever keep the pieces in order! (I’ve never tried marquetry, but this method on a simpler scale to start out with is a great tip…)...Am I wrong in thinking that you could also make up another one with alternating the veneers so that the extra is not wasted? Great job!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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shipwright

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 02:41 PM

That looks very nice indeed. I love the maple burl moon choice, it’s perfect
Have you attended ASFM? Patrick and Patrice are a great source of inspiration, I’m starting a piece myself right now that is inspired by one of Patrick’s.
I’m assuming it is cut in Boulle style, am I right?
Would mind showing us a picture of your frame saw? Did you build it?
Sorry about all the questions but one more ….. Vancouver BC or Vancouver OR?
If it’s BC we should get together and talk marquetry some time.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 02:46 PM

That will be a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 09:19 PM

Beautifully done Keith. You obviously know what you are doing and your cutting and piece management is excellent. This is going to turn out great. I really like your sand shading too. I am interested in your frame saw too, let’s see some pics. Please keep this blog going, I’d like to see what you do with it from here.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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Longcase

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 11:14 PM

Thank you for those kind words, I will try to answer the questions in order.
MadJester, The technique I used is call “Painting in wood”, where you just put enough of the required wood under your picture that you want, all the other area is cheap waster veneer. Yes it is a very wasteful process.

Paul, I spent two weeks with Patrick and Patrice in 2010 and yes they are a great knowledge of information.
I live in the White Rock area south of Vancouver B.C. If you are ever in the area it would be great to get together for a chat.

This morning I cleaned the marquetry panel up and applied the mastic, then later on sanded it down, here is a pic with a couple of coats of shellac applied .(I Know this is the glueing side, but I wanted to check it out)

As requested a couple of pics of the saw.

I got the basic idea for the saw from watching this guy, this guy is talented. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLsgV1J9nbc

I do own a “Chevy” that I built after visiting Yannick Chastang in England but do prefer the table saw for a number of reasons.

Any questions just drop me a line
All the best
Keith

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JoeMcGlynn

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 11:24 PM

Really, really nice. I’m heading to ASFM for the stage 1 Boulle class in two weeks and am really looking forward to it.

-- Blog: http://mcglynnonmaking.wordpress.com/

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shipwright

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 12:24 AM

Nice looking saw. Being an old fart, I prefer sitting with the work in front of me on the chevy but I have considered a frame saw for larger pieces if I ever get to that stage. I think I would have trouble with all the treadle work as well. My legs aren’t in that good of shape.
This is excellent looking work. The box will be spectacular, I’m sure. Thanks for answering the questions.
Sadly, I don’t get to Vancouver much but maybe a special trip is in order one day. Do you get to the island much?

I just watched the video (again). I remember seeing it a couple of years ago. He does do nice work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Longcase

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#8 posted 09-16-2014 04:00 AM

Paul,
I know the feeling, if I work on the Chevy for more than 30 mins I have to keep getting up to stretch the old back, where I can stand for hours at the treadle saw. I keep telling the wife “Old age is not for whimps”
I might be going to Victoria in November, Lee Valley have a French polishing course which I would like to attend.
All the best
Keith

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#9 posted 09-16-2014 01:42 PM

Greetings to another ASFM alumni! Paul and I both did Stage 1 and 2 with Patrick in ‘12 and ‘13. Thanks so much for the info on the frame saw Keith. I think I am going to make one of these for myself at some point. When I do I will reach out to you for some more construction details.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#10 posted 09-22-2014 04:48 AM

Thanks for the answer Keith….I still wonder if you couldn’t do it with pieces of veneer that cover the whole area, or if that would be too much….and then the waste could be used again….hmmmmm…....

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Longcase

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 05:05 AM

Hi Sue, Yes, you can do it the way you mentioned , it is called stack cutting or more commonly, cutting in the Boulle style. If you stacked 3 veneer with a pattern glued to a top waster veneer and cut simultaneously following your pattern ,you will end up with pieces that are all interchangeable allowing you to make 3 marquetry panels of the same pattern but with different veneer composition.
Hope this helps
Keith

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MadJester

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 07:39 PM

Cool idea…I may try that one day…I”m sure I’ll have plenty of time in the winter to try out new projects…thanks again Keith!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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stefang

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#13 posted 09-23-2014 09:21 AM

Very good blog Keith and some amazing results. You have a wonderful saw, but like the so many others it would be difficult for me to stand so long not to mention using the treadle, but I can clearly see it’s advantages and the beautiful results you get with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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