serving trays 2 - Marquetry

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Project by Frank Boer posted 03-11-2007 01:10 PM 3164 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second serving tray (for my mom)

-- Frank Boer, Holland

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 02:00 PM

oh I like how you showed us the process from step 1).
Beautiful design and layout.
I’ll have to do some research to find out how to do Marquetry.
Very nice!!!

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

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

We have a winner here! Great job!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 02:43 PM

Mom must be proud. Another great design and proof that you did it, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 05:16 PM

Excellent work. I never tried the knife cut marquetry method. I would love to learn more about it.

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 05:23 PM

You have my interest!

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#6 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)

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-- Frank Boer, Holland

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