Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #16: Finished with the marquetry panels

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 01-05-2015 09:05 PM 2109 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With those and of year year festivities, I still have been able to advance a bit this project, between making macarons with my wife for the end of the year gifts for our friends

And also, after a snow fall due to a cold front coming from Canada, a little bit of playing in the snow in the mountains with my wife, like any San Diegan.

I finished to put together the marquetry panels.

The bone where finally dyed

I inserted those last pieces in the top and sides

To be on the safe side I reheated the panels on hot plates paper side down after sprinkling it with water and pressing it down real hard with some plenty of newspaper and foam on the back. The idea is to press real hard all the wood pieces, that have some discrepancy in thickness, to the front of the paper while the glue melts with the heat from the plates and the moisture from the water, and create an even surface for the front, the paper side.

I re-glued the marquetry on new assembly board to be able to do the mastic to fill up the gap but mainly the engraving line of the marquetry.

Next step veneering.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 12:35 AM

Looks very familiar Patrice. I seem to be doing similar posts to yours these days. (Maybe not in quality, but at least in spirit)
These just look so good. All the little details that are still ahead for me are what draw my eye. Things like the dyed bone and the front fill mastic for the engraving lines. Do you find that they don’t fill well enough from behind?
You have a lot left for me to learn. Please keep posting. I promise to soak up each word.

Thanks for this.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 01:07 AM

That’s the problem with my english… Sometime it does not go through…

OK I did not do the mastic on the front. It’s just that I had veneer with difference in thickness and that a picture with a lot of pieces takes time to build and there maybe a buildup of glue, some pieces have the paper template on the front and the glue puffs a bit during sand shading, I may not have pushed enough some of them as it was a tight fit etc… For all those reasons I wanted to be sure all the pieces were really pushed to the paper.
So I cut the paper I have my marquetry on paper. The plate on the press were heated and the paper side of the marquetry was slightly wet it with a spray bottle, just couple droplets, just enough to help the glue reactivation.
On layer of news paper on the plate so it does not stick to it, the marquetry paper down, face down then, then on the back side a thin plastic so the 6-8 layers of news paper will not stick to the back of my panels and then a foam board and a plywood to really press all the pieces to the paper on the front. The glue being reactivated, it really sticks to the front.
Then I glue it back on another assembly board, that 2 layers now but at least I am sure I will have no trouble.

This step is not necessary, I just like to be prudent on big project, I really dislike to have to restore new pieces I make!

I do not know why lately it has been so hard to be clear in english. I may definitely be on the downside slop… 40’s I am coming!!!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 03:00 AM

Thanks Patrice, I understand now. I actually do that too sometimes.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 05:02 AM


This is absolutely exquisite! Good to see that you were able to enjoy that white stuff with your wife.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 10:56 AM

Hehehe, not sure it’s the 40’s call (I have no issues with my english and we were born the same year). I guess it might me more of a “brain freeze” temporary thing (you know, with the snow and cold temperatures ;)
Anyway, this is fantastic. The color quality you ended up with for the bone is wicked. My own attemps with mere copper acetate have gone further than what I had already shared here, and now the sample is stained all the way through. So I guess we can call it a winner for that oldtimey recipe reverse engineering :) But the saturation is very far from what you ended up with, so your “sauce maison” definitely works better.
And hey, great job on the macarons! you have mastered them! =D I need some training on that matter, too.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 07:04 PM

Well, the color was done with the lithographic dyes, not the traditional stuff… I did not manage to get what I wanted from tradition. Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you would like to pursue this avenue, we could do common testing so we end up with something more academic. Suggestions are welcomed.
The macarons are common efforts with my wife, she is the one that mastered the “coques” I did the fillings. Unfortunately they can not be tested by picture. Next time she said I have to do the coques, mainly to make me look like a fool I bet, with distorted macarons…
For the quality of the color I will have to sand before I am happy, I want to see inside the bone…
The white stuff was really nice, we do not see it around here much. It is also very welcomed for the reservoirs, they really need water and we alongside.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 12:58 AM

Patrice, as usual this is excellent work. I love seeing your progress updates, and I can’t wait to see this done!

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

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