Parquetry Tray in the Rain

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Project by slapdash posted 421 days ago 727 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a star pattern I found in a library book of traditional patchwork quilt patterns. The ends of the pieces were darkened in hot sand to make it look more over-and-under. This was surprisingly easy and the colour goes right through the wood, so it won’t fade if you have to sand it.

The pattern is veneer over a plywood base, I don’t know what woods the veneers are because it was a project at Tech and we just got the veneers out of a big box full of pieces. The rail is made from macrocarpa, which grows everywhere here in New Zealand. You northerners might know it as Montery Cypress. It was in the scraps bin, too curly to be much use but I just love the golden colour and the figure.

I cut the handles by drilling holes and cutting with a jig saw. But it would have been quicker and less painfull to have made a template and routed it.

It is finished with spray laquer, one coat of sealer and two coats of top coat.

The rain stopped so I ran out and threw a sheet down on the concrete to catch the light for the photo. But the darn sheet just soaked up the water, and got all muddy. Never mind, I’m too lazy to do it again. Thanks for looking.

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#1 posted 421 days ago

It came out realy well. Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 421 days ago

Nice parquetry.
The sand shading came out well.
Is this knife cut?

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

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#3 posted 420 days ago

yes it was knife cut. Nothing fancy, just craft knifes from the $2 shop. You had to start with a gentle stroke, then a few more until you got into the groove ha ha. I was surprised at myself, how well it came out.

Oh yes! there are spines in the mitred joints too

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#4 posted 418 days ago

Beautiful tray! Cool design on the star. Like the wood color and finish. Great work!

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#5 posted 418 days ago

This tray is nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 416 days ago

Looks fantastic “S”

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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