My first Marquetry

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 01-12-2013 06:18 AM 1158 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I’m learning marquetry. I came up with these. One of the crosses will be a gift. We’ll pick the one that came out better to give a way. The vanishing point work has a lot of flaws but the worst of which came from my selection of background wood. That stuff was splitting on me right and left. I got pretty frustrated but I plowed through without trying to acheive perfection. I just finished it so I could move to the next.

My son asked where the big one was going and when I told him “Your Room, it’s yours.” He was thrilled. I’m really glad about that.

I have no idea what some of the woods are. The frames are the dumpster find Braziilian cherry (yes I still have some). It was a lot of fun. The process was simultaneously easier and harder than I thought it would be. Fear is your own worst enemy but reality can also be daunting. ;) Thanks for looking!

I have some more in progress and already it’s is much better. My learning curve is pretty steep at this point. It’s a good way to pass the time instead of watching the boob tube on these cold days.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 06:25 AM

Good work Mark.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 11:50 AM

Very Nice work!!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 12:34 PM

Nice Job Mark,
is the big one the same design that you painted on your sons wall?

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 12:58 PM

Very nice Mark. I hope you enjoy the marquetry and hope to see more of it…

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 01:43 PM

Not only is the project great, you admittedly learned from it. Makes it even better.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 02:25 PM

Excellent job, Mark…. I’d never know it was you first marquetry work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 04:18 PM

Good start Mark.
3D Illusions are well suited to marquetry and when you start shading they will be even better.
What method are you using for cutting?
Are you re-enforcing the veneer on one side with veneer tape or anything?
Looks like you may have the bug. It’s very habit forming but it does get easier ….. trust me. :-)

Again, Great start !

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

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 03:41 AM

Howdy my friends,

Thanks much for the compliments and encouragement.

Nick, it’s not the same but it is a vanishing point rendering. I chose that patterns because it was a lot of straight cuts and it would at least be interesting. Good thing it is interesting. The 2 detail pictures I took were of the parts that really went wrong.

Paul, thanks for taking a peek. I used masking tape when I glued the edges together. I didn’t use any other tape. I used a utility knife for cutting. It wasn’t ideal. I used it because the blades are cheap and I could change them out often. I’ve got to confess that I didn’t use hide glue but I will. What I plan on doing before I ever attempt to do this on a piece of furniture is carefully read yours and other blogs. Now that I have a tiny foothold, they will mean quite a bit more. I try the “easy” way to often but I eventually get to the right way (which is usually, the easy way if you want it to be right.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 01-14-2013 05:11 PM

That looks great to me for the first on. Glad Paul viewed it… he is the master at that process and can be your best mentor!!.......Now you are hooked. I have an interest too for a project but I don’t know how to get started or if I want to get hooked too!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 01-14-2013 07:20 PM

Howdy Jim,

It’s pretty fun and startup is cheap. I’m almost positive your firsts will be better than mine. Enjoy.

Oh yes – Paul is awesome. But so are you my friend.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 05:37 AM

Gracias Mi Amigo. Como dice el Senor Paul. Tienes Tienes que hacer el Primero para ser experto. Bueno – Mas o menos. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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