|Project by KnotCurser||posted 07-09-2013 11:08 PM||1834 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.rhoadesclan.com