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Blog entry by sandhill posted 103 days ago 850 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few weeks ago I posted a project I had built that I am sure everyone has seen in the woodworking magazines as well as a few books and in the post I had shown my third book rack and yes I am tired of making this exact project but I cant stop. I like it and I’m hooked. I thought I would change it up a bit by adding a bit of Marquetry to the sides. I set out to find a design that would compliment the style as well as the wood which is cherry I want to do this in the form of an inlay on each side of the book rack. I scanned the photo and I used Photo Shop to put the colors from the veneers I want to use, I just haven’t done the shading. Next I will get it printed then cut it out and hold it up to the side if the book rack to see if I like it or not.
The only thing I am not sure about is the fact that the through tenons may cut off part of the design so we will see how it comes out and if needed I may have to make some changes. Design 8” X 12.5

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/



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justoneofme

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#1 posted 103 days ago

Wow Bob … that’s going to be a challenging project! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#2 posted 103 days ago

Have you tried Inkscape Bob?
I find it much easier than photoshop for this kind of thing and it leaves you with a scalable vector graphic file. In an svg you can choose the line width and print it any size retaining the fine line. I do mine in red because the shadow of my blade is black and the red shows up better when they are close to the same.
Looks like a good design. The shading will really define the petals.

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

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sandhill

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#3 posted 102 days ago

Elaine It scares me if you say its a challenging project after seeing your work.

Paul I still have a lot to learn using ink scape, but yes I will be using it to create the image and using the line/dots when I redo it in inks cape. I made this design from a photo in a in photo shop and saved it as a *.pdf format. When I make the packet I will try to make it 5 layers because I know I will screw up doing the shading this way I will have 3 extra sets. I am going to call Patrick and order the waste because I am not able to get it anywhere near me as wide as I need (about 187mm). I am thinking of cutting some 3/16” veneer from pine do you thing that would work for the front and backer waste? I have been using wax paper as well for the blade lube and I got a can of nails from Patrick as well.

Time will tell.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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shipwright

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#4 posted 102 days ago

I use cheap 1/8” plywood for backers. It comes in 4’ X 8’ sheets. In Az I buy it at HD.
It works really well and you never have to piece it up.
I think you should cook up a pound of bacon and make some real grease paper. It lasts almost forever without getting stale or rancid or anything and best of all, you get an excuse to eat bacon. I remember Patrick saying that waxed paper isn’t as good.

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

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#5 posted 98 days ago

Hi Paul, I have been looking for 1/8” Luan door skins but no home stores in my area carries smaller then 1/4” I have looked as far away as 50 miles but no dice, I have been looking for months now. I am going to see if I can get special order from HD or Lowes. I happen to have some bacon in the fridge right now good idea I do remember something about that now, what kind of paper do you use and does it get into the veneer?
Thanks for the ideas Paul

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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shipwright

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#6 posted 98 days ago

Hard to believe the 1/8” ow is so hard to find in your area. HD in Tucson has it and everywhere here in my area at home has it. Good luck in your search.
I use blank newsprint. You can get from moving companies or stationery stores sold as packing paper. If you fold it in half, apply the grease to one side, fold it back over and smooth it down (as was shown in class at ASFM) the grease stays on the inside and does not contaminate the veneer.

Enjoy that bacon Bob. :-)

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

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#7 posted 98 days ago

Thanks Paul, I’m not familiar with “ow” I thought you were referring to door skin. I did try to order it from Lowes and HD but they will not do it however a place called 84 Lumber said they have it just a little over an 1/8” so I will go there and see what they have. Thanks for the help.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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