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Project by Woodenwizard posted 03-20-2010 06:39 PM 6800 views 41 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally finished my marquetry saw. This was built with scraps laying around the shop and about $35.00 in hardware. The saw is made up of primarily a 12” drawer slide and a 5’ piece of brake line tubing. John Eifler from www.wood-veneers.com/j-home.htm has a great book on how to build this saw. It uses the double bevel method and the saw is set at a 12 degree angle. John also has a great book on how to do marquetry with this saw. It is so easy to use that I had very little, well ok I did need a couple of hints, but I very little trouble on my very first project.

I want to say thanks to Bill Kimbell (www.figured-veneers.com) for directing me to John and Dave Kisker and a great group of people in Louisville Colorado. They have been a great help in my effort to get into marquetry. A special thanks to Dave Kisker who took saturday mornings to help me get started.

Check out some of their work. They all have built and use this same saw and method. They are incredible.

Bill Kimbell (www.figured-veneers.com)
Dave Kisker (www.wildviewstudios.com)
John Eifler (www.wood-veneers.com/j-home.htm)

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)





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HallTree

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 07:31 PM

Good job. I will have to keep this in mind for the future.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 07:40 PM

Awesome job, never would have thunk it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 09:02 PM

Great job on the saw. I love marquetry work. I see you have already turned out some nice work with it too. There is nothing more satisfying than making a tool that can help you produce beautiful work. I’m looking forward to seeing your marquetry posts in the future.

There aren’t many members doing this kind of work. I think it’s a little strange that most people doing marquetry in the U.K. use a knife and the window method, while in the U.S. it seems most use a saw. The saw is easier on the hands and it’s pretty easy to slip with a knife. Maybe that’s why.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Woodenwizard

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 09:38 PM

Stefang; I just met a fellow that uses a knife and the window method and he does terrific stuff. I think it takes a little more skill. I am hoping to get some tutoring from him as I progress. I can see how there would be times the knife method would really work better. But for now I just need to hone my skills with the saw.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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bigike

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#5 posted 03-20-2010 10:26 PM

grear job, nice work on the saw!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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stefang

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 10:59 PM

I’m not so sure about the skill part John. It must take a lot of skill to use the saw too. I got interested in Marquetry a couple of years ago and bought a good book on the subject, but I decided it wasn’t for me because I’m not artistic and I believe that’s needed to do good marquetry work. Instead, I’m doing a little inlay work using my scroll saw with thicker pieces of about 1/16”. The double bevel method is nice there too, but I think you must need a hand powered saw like yours to do the really intricate work required for marquetry.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-20-2010 11:00 PM

Nice, I’m going to have to check out those links, thanks for posting. Favorite!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 03-20-2010 11:26 PM

Is using this saw and following the line like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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559dustdesigns

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#9 posted 03-20-2010 11:45 PM

Lumberjock engineering at its best.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#10 posted 03-20-2010 11:51 PM

Very interesting. Is there any chance you might post a video of this thing in use?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Hallmark

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#11 posted 03-20-2010 11:59 PM

Thanks for the post, it looks very useful.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#12 posted 03-21-2010 01:10 AM

Thanks for all the positive comments. The saw really does make things a lot easier than one would expect. Even if it is like patting your head and rubbing your stomach. I have never tried to post a video before but maybe I can get my daughter to give me a hand.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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PetVet

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#13 posted 03-21-2010 01:40 AM

I would really love to see a video John. You have me intrigued, maybe I don’t need a scroll saw!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#14 posted 03-21-2010 02:12 AM

Looks good. Does the brake tubing have enough spring to pull the blade back up?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 03-21-2010 02:24 AM

Bill Kimbell’s furniture gallery looks like he is a masters master!! Fablous work, beyond imagination!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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