Marquetry work

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Project by RBWoodworker posted 11-22-2011 02:45 AM 1572 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a marquetry panel I am currently working on for a 42” dia table. it is macassar ebony radial with a flowered marquetry border..I just set the border on the ebony to get a feel for how she’s looking..I will be entering this table when it’s done in the Veneer tech challenge if i can get it done in time..

there are over 360 individual parts in the flowers and leaves took awhile to sand shade it all..

this will be getting a high end finish that will be rubbed out and polished but will have a satin sheen..

thanks for looking..

Oh..if anyone is interested..I will be teaching a class on doing this type of work.. just drop me a PM.. thanks

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 02:50 AM

Wow that’s unbelievable Randy,amazing and beautiful ,outstanding work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 02:58 AM

Holy scrap! This one will be stunning once done. It reminds me of the guitar fretboard I’m working on, but your flowers and leaves are leagues above mine. Very impressive.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 03:15 AM

Ooooh, that is so nice! I hope you get it done in time Randy because I think you have a shot at winning! Love the veneer selection for the radial assembly, nice and tight all the way to the center… I know that is not easy to do.

More details please! How did you create the pattern for the border, and what kinds of veneers did you select. I really like those shades of green… can you share a source for those?

How did you cut all those pieces…looks like stack cutting? Did you do that by hand or on a scroll saw?

I can imagine sand shading all those took some time.

Again, awesome work and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 03:21 AM

There’s a lot of skill and patience in that, looking forward to being blown away by the finished thing.

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 03:32 AM

Thanks everyone..

Mathew..on the marquetry background veneer..I used a laurel burl.. my filetti (or string inlay)..consist of ebony strings, and satinwood..the leaves are two shades of green both sand shaded to give the necessary shadows..the branches are ribbon sapele. and the flower pedals are holly and the buds are satinwood..the leaves are a dyed green bolivar veneers

The pattern..I designed and drew myself. This is my own design..the outside border is the ebony which has not been attached to the veneer skin just yet..

and yes.. you are correct..I packet cut the parts out..I had 24 pieces of veneers stacked, but decided to split the packet and make one 16..and the other 8 and then combined them together

-- Randall Child

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 04:18 AM

What an ambitious undertaking! Can’t wait to see it completed.


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#7 posted 11-22-2011 04:55 AM

I must say, WOW!!! A lot of patience in that one. You Sir are an inspiration to us all. Beautiful work, can’t wait to see it finished. It’s a definite winner in my book. Thanks for sharing.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 05:26 AM

Lovely work Randall.
Is it Classic or Boulle style on the packets and what type of saw are you using?
This is going to be just beautiful. It will do well in any competition.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 11-22-2011 07:20 AM

Incredible marquetry work. Reminiscent of the Schurch and/or Thibodeau stuff you see in FWW lately. Masterful.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 07:42 AM

Really beautiful to view! We, too, can’t wait to see the finished project and hope it is finished in time for the challenge.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 09:15 AM

Now that is going to be a fantastic piece, Randall. I thought making bandings was a trip, but you win there. Hope you be taking more pictures as the work progresses and let us know how you do in the competition. Looking forward to your class. No jigsaw puzzles for you this year.

-- Deeds not Words.

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 12:15 PM

Above and beyond on this one. Amazing work and patience… You must enter this is no way you could not win. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 03:15 PM

excellent Randy, as always, you have a home run here, no question

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 11-22-2011 06:15 PM

Hi Randy;

You’ve come a long way baby!

Fantastic work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 11-23-2011 03:47 AM

Thanks everyone..

Shipwright.. this is boulle style and I have a RBI Hawk 26” great for larger projects..

-- Randall Child

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