Teak serving tray

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Project by Frank Boer posted 03-11-2007 11:51 AM 3193 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first marquetry project its a teak serving tray with copmass rose inlay, made of wengé and maple.

I,m realy proud of the result and am eager to know what you guys think of my work.

- Frank Boer

Skype: frank_boer

More to follow if you guys like it.

Thanks to Marc Spagnuolo and his Podcast at for letting me know about this community, thx Marc

-- Frank Boer, Holland

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 12:02 PM

Frank, this is a great result. It’s obvious that you pay attention to detail and have produced a project about which you are rightly proud.

Now, Mate, I suggest that you remove your email address unless you want every weirdo out there sending you junk mail. Use the LumberJocks PM service for private communications with other members.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 12:43 PM

Frank, you have done a mighty fine job on this one. I can’t wait to see your next one! Keep up the good work.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 02:11 PM

this is amazing.

ok you guys … quit with the “this is my first attempt” stuff that is outstanding in difficulty!!! I’m still working on getting a straight cut!!! :)

I bow to your skill. This is beautiful and I definitely want to see more.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 02:42 PM

Now, that’s a serving tray. It’s beautiful! How big is it? In that chair it looks huge. What is the process? Show me more!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 05:17 PM

Good looking stuff. I hope you write us a blog, maybe lets us in on a few of your processes.

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 09:20 AM

Absolutely great work here. Keep it up.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Marco Cecala

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#7 posted 10-10-2007 06:32 PM

Great attention to detail. We would love some of the process you used to make this look so good. Keep it up.

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Frank Boer

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 08:40 PM

My marquetry guidelines:

There’s nothing to it,... really just get a nice and strait ruler, a sharp normal utility-knife, scotch-tape , patience and a small hard sandingblock with 150 and 180 grain and start cutting, thats how I learned it…..


- I generally use MDF as a work-surface because it has no grain and therefore the knife won’t try to ‘wonder off’.

- Never try to cut the veneer in one go, always make multiple lite strokes depending on the wood. , say 3 to 5 for maple, 3 to 4 for mahogany just don’t force the blade through, it will “search” and follow the grain of the wood and you’d never get a strait cut.(I use 0,6 mm / 0,024” veneer.)

- Always place the ruler on the part you’re gonna use not on the cut-away, that way you’ll automatically cut at a slide angle and get perfect (!!!) seamless fitting pieces.

- Don’t use a pencil or pen, just mark stuff lightly with you knife.
(I am 21 so I have no problem seeing the markings with a knife, but if you do just try to keep the lines as this as possible.)

- I use scotch-tape to keep the pieces together. After glue-up the tape is scraped of very carefully.

I hope anyone has any use for these tips, it really isn’t hard just start-of with some squares or something and get the feel for it, then try a compass-rose.(which is NOT hard to do.)

Feel free to ask me any questions, I’d love to help anyone who is interested
in this great, rewarding, ‘priding’ and fun way of woodworking.

“Go For It!”

- Frank Boer 21yrs, NL Dutch – professional yacht-interiorbuilder/crafter. (@ Royal Huisman Shipyard B.V)

More pictures:

-- Frank Boer, Holland

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#9 posted 09-06-2008 07:30 AM

Wow, this is a terrific piece… great craftsmanship!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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