Parquetry Tray or ???

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Project by WibblyPig posted 06-24-2009 04:42 AM 1633 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at parquetry. I’ve done some veneer work in the past but never anything like this. I’m not sure what it’s going to be – it was more for practice than anything else. I may put some brass ball feet on the bottom and a couple of brass bails on the sides and use it for a tray or something.

The lighter wood is figured anigre with the ends sand shaded and the dark squares are walnut burl. It’s mounted to a 1/2” MDF base with book matched walnut on the back side and framed in solid walnut panel molding. So far, there’s only 1 coat of Watco natural on it. I’ll build a few more then finish with some blonde shellac.

Any critique would be appreciated.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#1 posted 06-24-2009 04:51 AM

looks really good. looks like you shaded the pieces… how about some close up photos ? digital film is free !!

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#2 posted 06-24-2009 04:57 AM

I think it looks awesome. Well done. I agree with Dan, more photos please.

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#3 posted 06-24-2009 08:00 AM

Looks very well made.
Great idea , I have to try this sometime .
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

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#4 posted 06-24-2009 08:53 AM

You know what? You can hang it up as a decorative wall piece.

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#5 posted 06-24-2009 04:28 PM

WOW!! Very impressive. I have got to know how you glued that up.

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#6 posted 06-24-2009 09:04 PM


I used a Roarockit vacuum bag.

They were originally made for skateboard manufacturing but are now used quite a bit for veneering. The little white thing on the top is vacuum pump. It’s all manual and you can pick it up for 40 or 50 bucks for the complete kit at Rockler.

I sandwiched it between two pieces of MDF with waxed paper separating everything and it took about 2 hours for it to set up.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#7 posted 06-24-2009 09:07 PM

That’s fascinating,well made, and looks stunning. I love this piece.It’s the best I have seen in a long while very kindest regards. Alistair

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#8 posted 07-13-2009 07:13 PM

I agree with all the above
well done

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