Well it has been a while since my last posting on this project. As promised I will show my way of doing marquetry and carvings. Remember that these are my techniques, and yours may vary. There are a ton of ways of doing things and I’m sure there’s a lot of ways easier then mine. For instance many of you may prefer to use a router to route out a majority of the material, then use chisels to cut to the line. I use chisels simply because I do the work on my dining room table. I don’t have a garage shop and staying at my real shop doesn’t work for me. So here I sit chiseling away. To start this off here are a couple of pictures to get you caught up. The box and stand was built and then the door was made. I included a picture of the dovetail spacing simply because I didn’t in the previous blog.
Okay so lets’s get this party started. First thing we need to do is become concerned with what tools are needed. My list is as follows: Carbon paper and pattern, utility knife, exacto knife, chisel, mechanical pencil, cyanoacrylate glue, glue accelerator, card scraper, and veneer.
The first step I take is to transfer the pattern over to the veneer using carbon paper. Now in this case I am making a flower. You need to understand the grain of the material, as it will make or break a project. You need to orient your pattern on the veneer so the grain would be life like. The grain on a petal will go towards the center. The grain on a leaf will go at a diagonal toward the center, etc. If you do the grain wrong the project will look poor. You may consider drawing a similar thing on a piece of paper, then draw the way the grain should go. This will give you a visual and help you make the correct decisions.
To make things clear I do NOT use the pattern for anything other then to cut my pieces. It is not transfered to my door. Why? Because every piece you cut needs to overlap the one laid previously. This eliminates gaps. In my case I freehand draw my pattern then use it to make my pieces. Then I place the pieces on my project in a location similar to the design, but I can move them however I want, so long as I overlap them when I install them.
Moving on. The next step after tracing the piece is to make a stop cut. This stop cut should follow your pencil line but should be done just INSIDE the line, NOT on the line. This will give you the opportunity to sneek up on your line and make a more perfect fit.
After making the stop cut the next step is to chisel out the material. Hold your chisel at a low angle. This will aid in keeping a short depth. If you raise the handle up you will cut deeper, lowering the handle cuts less material. You want to cut small amounts out at a time pushing gently toward the stop cut. Do NOT force the tool or you will go past your stop line and possibly ruin your project. (it can be fixed but this isn’t a repairing mistakes blog ;-p)
After the material is out DRY FIT your piece. If it doesn’t fit take small amounts of material off where it is hitting. Once it fits add the glue, insert your piece, and press with the chisel to ensure it is in all the way. Spray with accelerator.
Now continue with the pattern laying your next piece slightly over the previous, marking, cutting, chiseling, then installing each piece one by one. In the next pic I scraped only a single petal of the flower for instructional purposes. My camara lady was busy and rushed so I had her just do it. You need to wait until the entire thing is done. Why? Because if you scrape each one you remove material and the thickness isn’t enough to continuously scrape. You will not only need to scrape the project but you will sand it as well. The risk of sanding or scraping through isn’t worth it.
Once the piece is scraped you can sit back and enjoy. (unless you are like me and are tackling the entire door with flowers and branches and a mysterious….......to be later found. The next blog will be a carving, so expect a delay.
I hope everyone enjoyed this and took something from it. Most of all I hope there is constructive criticism positive or negative. Thanks for reading.
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