marquetry window method

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 06-20-2012 06:34 PM 3513 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at using the marquetry window method and knife. Not as easy as some make it look. After completing the marquetry, even though it has a lot of flaws, I went ahead and put it on the lid of this small box. Not sure what I will do with the box but I am relatively sure I will stick to my saw for doing my marquetry. I do want to thank Paul (Shipwright) for his post that encouraged me to try a different method. Although the window method was more difficult, I learned a lot. I may have to venture into one of the other methods.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 06:50 PM

Beautiful piece. Very very nice.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 07:14 PM

Looks great from here John. That is a beautiful box and wonderful looking marquetry. For the unknowing (me for example), what is window marquetry versus say how you did the lion on your yo-yo chest?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 07:21 PM


You are far to modest, it looks great to me. I am not sure I would even try the window method. I had a hard enough time doing it with your saw!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 09:14 PM

Wonderful work on this beautiful lid and also the box.

It is my understanding that American veneers are a bit thicker than those sold in England where they use mostly knives to do their marquetry. My marquetry books says that’s why the Americans mostly use saws.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 11:57 PM

Jykaypur – Thanks for the kind words.

Lenny – With the window method you cut out the shape in the main veneer using a sharp knife. You then use the opening (window) as a pattern by placing it over the veneer to be inlayed and cutting the shape into the veneer to be used as the inlayed piece. With my saw, you cut both the base veneer and the inlay veneer at the same time which results in near perfect fit. Hope this makes sense.

Max – Thanks, I thought you did great with the saw.

Mike – You may be right. Never thought of it from that perspective. However, the guy that showed me how to do marquetry with a knife uses American veneers and does outstanding work. But then again he learned in England and has been doing it for 30+ years. I guess practice does count.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 06-21-2012 12:16 AM

Looks mighty dang awesome to me.. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 06-21-2012 12:26 AM

Nice work John.
I know what you mean about knife work. I stay away as much as possible.
You have a great little saw there and you do very good work with it and while it’s great to see you trying new stuff, I think you may get more satisfaction and less grief trying some of the other saw techniques.

Anyway Bravo! for challenging yourself.

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

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#8 posted 06-21-2012 12:36 AM

Well Done!

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#9 posted 06-21-2012 12:53 AM

Absolutely beautiful—outstanding work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 06-21-2012 01:00 AM

Great job, John.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 06-21-2012 01:53 AM

Hi John,

You did a great job for the first time. I really like using the window method on circle and elliptical shapes because it’s easier to keep a straight line, vs using a scroll saw. Keep up the great workmanship!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 06-21-2012 02:04 AM

Paul – Thanks you are always so encouraging. I plan on trying new techniques. Just need to find the time.

John C. – Thanks for the kind words.

Lee – Thanks a lot.

Dennis – Thanks for the comments. Looking at your projects, I have a long way to go.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 06-21-2012 02:57 AM

Looks great to me.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 06-21-2012 03:07 AM

Beautiful job. I have a marquetry starter kit that I’m afraid to touch. I think I’ll give it a try now. Thanks.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#15 posted 06-21-2012 05:06 AM

Great job. Thanks for posting this piece. Iy inspires me to give it a try. Nice work.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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