|Project by smokey56||posted 09-02-2012 04:47 PM||2672 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This project is of creating two matching French tea tables was an early project after finishing ASFM (American School of French Marquetry) here in San Diego—a fantastic course. Again, since I have not artistic abilities at all, I went to one of Pierre Ramond’s Masterpieces in Marquetry books. The image is a lectern (c1770—1775) by Martin Carlin (pronounced the french way) that is presently in the Getty Museum…photo above. A close up of the lectern top is the third photo—square corners. The project is really an exercise in fillets or strings. There are some 17 to 18 different fillets to make and assemble. Since these veneers are 1-1.2 mm sawn veneers like in my headboard I showed you, the classic way of veneer sawing a pathway for the string is not possible—way too thick. After cutting the fillets, I used pins to glue and hold them into position tightly and accurately until dried (see above). These pins are strategically placed in the substrate so as to clamp the fillet and not injuring it. When dried, shave the proud edge of the fillet with minute violin planes (these are about 2 cm, yes, 2 cm long)—-extremely accurate. So, you assemble and build from the center to the outside progressively. The sawn veneers are boxwood, tulipwood, amaranth, ebony, kingwood and holly. Can you guess which are the fillets?
The legs are coved on sides—the front and outer sides, then veneered with pre-banned Brazilian Rosewood. The grain is placed at 45 degrees down the entire leg. These veneers are thinner sliced to allow some bend. To clamp the veneer into these coves, I used a canvas sock, partially filled with sand. The sock is heated to 300 degrees, placed and wrapped with roping/thick cord to compress the odd shape. The parts are french polished and assembled.
Questions? Email me at email@example.com.
PS The flowers in the initial photo are my wife’s, not mine.