marquetry saw

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Project by oakwood posted 10-15-2012 07:21 PM 5900 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small marquetry saw I use all the time. Just thought someone out there might be interested. The throat is 12 inches and for bigger projects such as the bird tray, I made a table extension and a 30 inch saw which are both added to the saw you see here. In 5 minutes the conversion is done. The saw is mounted at 12 degrees to the table. It is operated manually by moving it up and down by a small wood knob situated along the lower arm under the work table. In other words this saw is basically just like holding a fret saw at 12 degrees. All it does is assure you that you are always at the constant angle.This allows you to do double layered marquetry. I am not very good at instructing so I hope this is clear enough to make sense. For more information here is The Marquetry Society of Canada web site of which I am a member. For more info on the saw look under the title (Gadgets and Tools). I hope this posting will encourage some of you to maybe venture into the veneer world and add a little bit of extra to some your projects.
It is also a great way to do woodwork on the road, camping, in your RV, condo, apartment. Well you get the drift.

Click on the link below. It is a You Tube video posted by (woodenwizard) of L J showing not only the beautiful saw he created but also it’s function and use. Excellent video. The posting is very much appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 07:36 PM

Outstanding—what else can I say?

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 07:45 PM

Very nice machine!

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 08:41 PM

That’s a fine looking saw. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 09:45 PM

Very nice John…........... and easier to travel with than a chevalet or a scroll saw.

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

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#5 posted 10-16-2012 01:04 AM

Really nice saw build, ut how in the heck do you power it? I couldn’t determine this from the photos, didn’t see a foot peddle or cable.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 02:46 AM

Wow this is a great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 10-16-2012 03:04 AM

I’m with Oldtool….???? is it a replica? The top tension blade is held in place by a rubber band. And no motor. Hmm…A little more explaining wouldn’t be amiss.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#8 posted 10-16-2012 02:24 PM

Very Cool. I have never seen such a saw before. Great idea. Definitely will check out the website.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 10-16-2012 04:53 PM

I can’t figure it out either.. Maybe you are supposed to move the wood up and down (jk)... An explanation would be appreciated.

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#10 posted 10-16-2012 07:11 PM

Looks to me like a rocking action operated by hand like a hand fret saw with angle control.

Is that right John?

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

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 03:29 PM

John mentioned that he has a knob on the lower arm that he uses to work the saw by hand. I would prefer a spring or rubber band to return the saw arm and some kind of foot pedal to operate the saw, thus leaving both hands free to handle the work piece.


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#12 posted 10-18-2012 04:53 AM

Very similar to the saw I made and use. I posted a video of how mine works. Appears to be very similar. This saw really takes the effort out of marquetry.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 05-17-2014 10:26 PM

I’m a little late to the party, but this looks like a great build and I liked the clever adjustable mouth opening too. I do think that a foot operated saw action would be a benefit so you could use both hands to steer the workpiece, but that might not be a problem for you.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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