Look Ma! I'm a marquetarian! (diagram added)

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 06-30-2008 02:12 AM 4800 views 3 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently posted a tool gloat regarding my purchase of a DeWalt 788 scroll saw. After scouting around for marquetry blades and dinky drill bits, I finally have gotten into the act. The second picture is my inspiration for this project, the cover photo from the Grateful Dead’s fifth album, American Beauty released in 1970 (I was 15 at the time).

This project was done using the double bevel technique, wherein the table is tilted about 8 degrees, and both the inlay and ground sections are cut at the same time with the background atop the inlay portion. I used Flying Dutchman 2/0 marquetry blades, and the holes were drilled with a #73 drill bit.

I was so excited to post, that the glue (white Elmer’s) is barely dry. Things should only get better with practice.
Just the sort of fussy fun I like. Warning for you aging baby-boomers out there…this is bifocal or reading glasses work!

I will update this post when the glue is dry, the holes are filled, and the marquetry is installed on the box lid this is intended to grace.

QS White Oak, Redheart, Cardinalwood, and Walnut. Inlay is approximately 2×2˝

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 06-30-2008 02:18 AM

Doug , I am blown away with this first shot at it.
You certianly have and eye for it. Can’t wait to see what comes next.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 06-30-2008 02:27 AM

Thanks, Bob. Now no piece of wood, no matter how small will get tossed. I’ll never get the shop cleaned up for a return visit from MsDebbieP.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 06-30-2008 02:34 AM

Nice work!

What in the world ever became of Sweet Jane?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 06-30-2008 02:45 AM

A real piece of art Douglas. Well done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 06-30-2008 02:47 AM

She lost her sparkle, you know she isn’t the same
Living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine
all a friend can say is “ain’t it a shame”.

My “company” logo:


I have a Brand New Company custom branding iron I had made several years back that I burn into the work I’m proudest of.

By now it’s probably no surprise to many that I am a little bit of a Dead Head (nothing extreme mind you).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 06-30-2008 02:55 AM

This a fine job for a first effort! It looks amazing, good woork.

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 03:06 AM

Doug, that is just outstanding!

Have you read, heard, about heating sand so that you can shade an edge to give a little depth to the petals? Next step my friend.

Now go out and get your vacuum press.

One of the local ww groups is holding a marquetry contest for the August meeting. Thinking of doing it legit (green for leaves, yellow for sun etc) or doing it psychedelic (green for sun, red for earth, orange for sky etc.).

Most of my ties are Save the Children except for my Jerry Garcia tie.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 06-30-2008 03:13 AM

Awesome job! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 03:40 AM

Looks pretty good to me Doug.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 06-30-2008 04:22 AM

wonderful! that looks great especially for a first try! i can’t wait to see it mounted!

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#11 posted 06-30-2008 04:25 AM

well done. very precise

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 06-30-2008 04:35 AM

Fantastic, Doug! I’ve been wondering what you’ve been up to. It was worth the wait!

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

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#13 posted 06-30-2008 04:37 AM

Very nice! Can’t wait to see it in the box lid.

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 04:58 AM

Doug, you did an incredible job for your first one! That looks great…I agree with gbvinc…let’s see the box it’s going in.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 06-30-2008 05:03 AM

Hi Douglas;

U dun good George!!!

Obviously you’re hooked.

For somebody artistic like yourself this can open a whole new world of woodworking for you.

I use an R.B.I Hawk magnifying Glass / light that really enlarges the work to the point of it seeming like it’s not finesse work. I’m certain you can find them elsewhere, I just ordered mine with the saw since it was part of an upgrade kit that I wanted.

The next step is sand shading to add a 3 – d effect to your work. Then you can add mother of pearl or all kinds of other inlay materials.

I’ll bet if you really get into this, with your abilities, you’ll do some incredible artwork.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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