Ribbon Lazy Susan

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Project by Marco Cecala posted 01-15-2010 04:47 PM 2841 views 17 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 22 inch diameter lazy susan with a packet cut marquetry pattern. The substrate is mdf, the border is shop sawn bocote veneer.

The radial match was from some walnut I found on eBay, (rosebud veneer). Here is the process.
  • Make the 8 way radial match.
  • Freehand cut the walnut radial match and add black veneer cross grained banding
  • Cut and assemble the Spanish Cedar border larger than needed. Lay the walnut and black border piece over the cedar. Use it as a template to cut the cedar. Do not cut final size yet.
  • Draw the ribbon pattern, mount it to cardboard. Assemble the packet and scroll saw the pieces.
  • Sand shade and glue the veneer to the mdf substrate.
  • I then glued more mdf to the backer veneer to thicken the edge.
  • The bocote was sawn to 1/8” edge glued to make a 6’ long piece. It was then band clamped to the edge.

The finish is French Polish.

I need some help. I made the ribbons out of veneer I got from an assortment. I don’t know the species and would like to provide a good description to the client.

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 04:52 PM

Beautifully done Marco. Your attention to detail is wonderful, I like the mix. I can’t help with the veneer species.
Great job!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 05:02 PM

This is awesome. It would be great to have a step by step on the ribbion effect. I would like to put it in a table top or something. I’m a inlay novice and dullard. Really cool. Thanks

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 05:05 PM

WOW this a keeper. Superb workmanship.

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 05:18 PM

very nice work

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 05:26 PM

Wow Marco
That’s a great lazy susan love that marquetry i

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 05:28 PM

The ribbons look like yellowheart aka satinwood. Was it a yellow before you put the finish on ?
It is hard to tell from the picture.

This is beautiful by the way !!
Love the wood choices together.


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#7 posted 01-15-2010 05:32 PM

Great Job! You did a superb job on the marquetry. thank you for posting how you did it.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 06:14 PM

Marco, WOW!! This is incredible.

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 06:51 PM

Yow. I am just blown away. That ribbon is so cool.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-15-2010 07:26 PM

Incredible project !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 01-15-2010 07:31 PM

Absolutely beautiful Marco, what a fantastic job o f Marquetry and the wood combinations are just gorgeous!

I’m with Lisa, it sure looks like yellowheart to me as well…..........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 01-15-2010 07:34 PM

Fabulous Marco. I love marquetry and this was a great design using it. I sure wish I could make beautiful things like that. Ok, I’m hooked and I need to see more. Please.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-15-2010 11:14 PM

Just add one more WOW

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 01-16-2010 01:47 AM

Marco great job this looks like it is in the style of Paul Schurch. I wonder if he was your inspiration?

-- Billp

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#15 posted 01-16-2010 08:24 AM

Fantastic job! another WOW! Outstanding marquetry.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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