Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #5: Incrustation of marquetry on the assembly board

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 08-09-2013 06:33 PM 2680 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a while since I shared the progress on our box.

So here it is

Previously on Box series #2

I have cut all my pieces for the 2 inside panel of the box

And shaded them

For todays episode, there is first the background cutting.

It starts with glueing the design on the packs. The packs are a backer-board 3mm thick, grease paper, 4 layers of bloodwood sawn veneer, a front board and the design on top.

The background is cut on the chevalet

Like for the pieces, the pack is riveted with nails. The outside of the pack is taped the inside is nailed. NO nails in the background to keep.

There is inside background pieces and to keep them in place, I use what we call bridges

When we are done cutting, I take of the tape on the back first. I tape the pack while cutting so it stays well in place, no pieces sticking out or vibrating.

Then i take of the tape from the front and start pushing gently the waste out of my background, being careful not to wedge them or to brake things.

I keep everything in a tray as it is hard at that point to be sure you haven’t broken any tiny pieces, so you want to keep everything for safety.

Then I open the back with a razor blade, layer by layer. First the front board

Then the first layer of background, here is a close up where you can see the bridges again

Ready to start putting it together, the background pack goes in the press while putting the panels together so the veneer do not move, especially in a dry day.

I put glue on my assembly board, a nice thin layer

And put the background face down.
We are building from the back.
The front of the marquetry will be the paper side. The paper and the glue will hold the marquetry when the moment comes to glue it to the actual piece of wood.

And put it together

I did a video for you guys, and I must confess i am pretty proud of it.

The only down side to my happiness and pride with that video is, as soon I it was up and running on youtube, Patrick found this video from Paul

Oh well… I guess it was a good idea then…

Same for the second panel

Bridge on that one to

Opening of the pack

Set up your area

And put it together

Here are the two pictures with a bit of alcohol to see the result

Next step is the building of the box


-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 07:42 PM

Hey Patrice, you should be proud of the video. It’s much better than mine and shows so much better when you have the paper side down.
I had most of my packets made up before I remembered that one layer had to be inverted for my mirror image part so all but a few species are paper side up in the one I used in the video. It was an afterthought and the other three were already done.

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

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks buddy.

We wandered why the paper was up.

I thought it was because your veneer was thin that you doubled back it ar had the paper on the back to be sure to have the veneer well to the front.


-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 02:51 AM


If in our lifetime we ever get access to high-speed internet, your videos will be the first on our list to watch! We certainly enjoy seeing your lovely creations and learning how you do them. Of course, you make it sound a lot easier than we know it is. Your artistic talent and precise workmanship make each of your projects a work of art. Thanks again for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 03:49 PM

Patrice, thanks so much for continuing to post…this is just like being back in class! Great explanation of the use of bridges to keep the background in place. That was a key takeaway from the class for me.

How many shades of green are you using for the leaves, and did you dye the veneer yourself?

Of course it goes without saying that it looks great and I can’t wait to see the next installment.

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

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 09:08 PM

Thanks L/W. This is why I double the video with pictures.

We have 3 shades of green, we bought years ago from Georges veneer in France. We are still leaving on our stock from when we had money… We are doing some test on dying veneer and bone, it will be a post on the treasure box series #2 blog.
I just bought a book in German, which is the bible of dyes in wood according to Arlen Heginbotham, from the Getty museum. I need to dust of my German and learn a all new vecabulary so I have no idea when I will be able to really use that book at his full extent, 10 years from now maybe :-)
I am also setting up to produce our own sawn veneer, another post I guess…

But here is a little pics of our first test of dyes on sliced veneer

-- Patrice lejeune

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 05:30 PM

You could try scanning in the text into your computer and then translating it on Google Translate.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 06:12 PM

Yes, I intend to, but, I will still need my german back in shape, to check the translations and go faster in the long term…

-- Patrice lejeune

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