My first Marquetry

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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 460 days ago

Good work Mark.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 460 days ago

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 460 days ago

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 460 days ago

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

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 460 days ago

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 460 days ago

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

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

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#7 posted 460 days ago

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 459 days ago

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 458 days ago

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!!

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#10 posted 458 days ago

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 456 days ago

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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