First Attempt at "Double Bevel Marquetry"

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-09-2013 11:08 PM 3207 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a few examples of what folks are calling “Double-Bevel Inlay” on the web. Steve Good has a great example of this as does Adrian Iredale. They used a scrollsaw process to perfectly inlay a single piece of wood into another piece.

What I wanted to do is take that a few steps further and figure out how to do a full scene of inlay with the same process. It took a few weeks of thinking about this and experimenting until I came up with something I think looks decent.

What you see is my first attempt at this process. I am naming it “Double-Bevel Marquetry”, unless someone has a better name for it.

This was all done on a scrollsaw in roughly a 24 hour period (yes, I did sleep that night).

In Pics 2 and 3 you can see how tight the joints are – as well, there are little to no entry holes for the blade. Pics 4 and 5 show the remains of my work. A lot of cut up patterns and a graveyard of scrap pieces.

Pic 6 shows the back of the piece.

I doubt this process can be used on an extremely detailed piece where exact fits are mandatory, but on scenes like this one it works just fine – and it’s kind of fun thinking about the entire process before you actually make any cuts! You have to really plan all the steps ahead of time if you want them to line up and have no gaps in the joints.

BTW, I used walnut as the background. The cat is primarily pine with cherry stripes. The feet are poplar and the face and ears are a mix of mahogany, walnut and poplar.

I used a coat of lacquer to seal the piece and then a coat of wax which I buffed out to a shine.

I am eager to get your opinions on this process – ESPECIALLY if anyone has done anything similar to this!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 11:39 PM

Nice work it looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 01:04 AM

Looks purrrrrrrrdy darn good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 02:31 AM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 02:41 AM

Really cute. Nice job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-10-2013 03:51 AM

That’s really nice. I will have to check into this more

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 07-10-2013 04:13 AM

This looks great! Something that I’ve been meaning to try since I saw the method on Steve Good’s site. Great job! Love your wood choices.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 04:30 AM

About 8 days ago I posted a double bevel marquetry piece. You can get very tight fitting joints. I used a scroll saw that I modified to do double bevel cutting. Funny we both started with striped cats.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 07-10-2013 06:17 AM

Welcome to marquetry. With your scroll saw skills it will be very easy.
You can certainly call it double bevel marquetry, that’s actually what everybody calls it and it is the most common form practiced in North America I think. (It is pretty thick marquetry but still marquetry I guess, you should try it with veneer)
Do some searches for Silas Kopf and you will find some examples of just how intricately it can be done.

Your first try looks great.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 07-10-2013 11:40 AM

Thanks for all the compliments and references!

I LOVE Silas’ work – and Tom, your Tiger was really nice work as well!

What I tried to accomplish with this work was to not have to rely on having veneer on-hand when doing a simple inlay. I purposely used thick material to do this.

I will certainly give using veneer’s a try as I like this style.

Thanks again!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 07-15-2013 08:29 PM

Very nice and looks great. I haven’t tried this yet , but there is always tomorrow. I’ll have to check out more.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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