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Parquetry exercise. Cafe Bartop

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Project by JuniorJoiner posted 1680 days ago 1590 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After Christmas Break here at school, we are given exercises to complete before we resume work on our furniture projects. Parquetry and Marquetry were the lectures, and, being always one to question why, I decided to make something more usable then the suggested exercise.

The local Cafe is the very next building, and had very little to show that the best woodworking school in the country is out their back door. So , I made them a new counter top.(it is the gumboot cafe -hence the boot)

The wood is western maple for the sun and the sunburst. the sunburst is darker because it is mostly heartwood.
actually the maple is from the same tree. I chose the sunburst because this area is called the sunshine coast.
The boot is made of pao-ferro, three separate pieces, and the edging is walnut from a classmate.

The veneers were all edge joined first, the applied as one piece to a lumbercore substraight I made.
I used lumbercore because of the abuse this piece will get, I wanted something very rigid and stable.

I then made some brass slotted hangers and maple corbels for attaching it.

I also carved the Inside passage school logo into the walnut edging.

The finish is a blend if spar varnish and tung oil , thinned, for the first three coats. then two coats of wax.

It felt really good today to have this exercise completed and in it’s new home. even if I did give it away.

Special thanks to my classmate Barb S. for her help with the Marquetry

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.





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Chelios

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#1 posted 1680 days ago

I like your top. You did a good job. I hope you at least get free coffee for life!

Do you think the top will move a lot from humidity, the walnut? All that cleaning, spilling, steaming and wiping that goes on in a coffee shop…

How do you cut and fit pieces like the boot into the maple? How do you do that accurately?

thanks

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#2 posted 1680 days ago

Looks great

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#3 posted 1680 days ago

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Devin

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#4 posted 1680 days ago

Nice work Junior, sounds like you are having a great experience at IP…

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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JuniorJoiner

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#5 posted 1680 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments.
Chelios- to answer your questions. the top should not move much at all, that is the beauty of lumbercore, solid alternating riftsawn strips , all edge glued together, then crossbanded with veneer, then the parquetry veneer(3mm thick BTW) is applied to that. also, with the lumbercore, because i made it myself and knew it would have an applied edge, I added a face grain glueing edge under the veneer, so all the walnut edging is glued to a longrained gluejoint. about as stable as I could make it.

Also, I chose spar varnish/tung oil as the finish because of the environment this piece will be used in. it is the best water protection finish I could think of. adding the other coats of wax to that should only add to it’s protection. The heat of the fluids was also a consideration, but I couldn’t think of anything to do for that.

Finally the boot. the two pieces of veneer are stacked when cut, with the piece being inset on the top. the pattern is cut using a scrollsaw, with the table tilted enough, so that when the pattern is cut, the top piece of veneer fits the hole in the lower veneer, completely covering the saw kerf as well. kindof like a cork.

I hope this answers your questions

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 1184 days ago

Nice work.!! You sure learn well. I like the idea of using your talent to make the counter for the cafe. Good thinking!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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