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Double bevel or Boulle for bent marquetry?

by fazhou
posted 01-03-2018 03:55 AM


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shipwright

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 05:10 AM

If you are familiar with both styles I you could use either. Boulle would leave a kerf and double bevel (conical) would not, however having the blade square to the work (Boulle) would make the fine detail easier as sharp corners are not as easy in conical cutting and you have many very fine ones.
The motif lends itself well to Boulle style and I think it would be my choice. If I were making more than one, I would likely use the piece by piece technique which would allow the sharp corners and I could avoid kerfs at the same time.
However for just one my choice would be Boulle.
Others may disagree ….

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 12:28 PM

Thanks for the reply shipwright. I totally see your point about the detail. The motif in the photo is not exactly what I would use but similar. I’m correct in assuming that Boulle can be done with a scrollsaw, correct? Although I would love to have and build a Chevalet similar to yours, I have too many instruments to build. How would you go about gluing down something like this? Is there a book that you would recommend that might help?

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 03:48 PM

I would make a caul the same shape to clamp with and use a compressible pad in between to make equal pressure over the whole surface and then clamp it either in a press or with simple C clamps.
Absolutely use hide glue. In this case liquid hide glue may be better than hot for open time.

Yes you can cut it on a scrollsaw although the control would be better with a chevalet.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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