Parquetry Tray in the Rain

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Project by slapdash posted 07-02-2013 04:13 AM 957 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 07-02-2013 04:20 AM

It came out realy well. Great work!

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 05:40 AM

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 07-02-2013 10:10 PM

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 07-05-2013 01:57 PM

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

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 02:02 PM

This tray is nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 04:53 AM

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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