As I am using green and red veneers here I thought I’d answer the “Did you dye them?” question right off. Yes, this is what I did.
First I mixed concentrated liquid aniline dye in isopropyl alcohol only to reduce swelling and distortion. Then I soaked the first side…
and turned it over and soaked the back side. This is how well the first coat penetrated. I hope I’m not disappointed when I sand, But this gave me reason to think it may be OK. Then I wrapped them up in saran wrap over night and weighted them.
The grape vines will be the border but the centerpiece will be the historic Black Rooster of Chianti. You may have seen him on the neck of “Classico” designated Chianti wines, but his history is much deeper than that. Here the design is spray glued to the veneer pack.
This is the back side of the packet. As I won’t be wanting full sets in all the combinations of colors, I’m only using big enough pieces to give me the design I want once in the colors I want.
This is an example of a cut I could only dream of making on a scroll saw. Remember, I need both sides of the cut so there is no “waste side” to make errors in.
The rooster is cut out. As he is the central piece, he comes out in all the colors. I still can’t believe the cuts I’m getting.
This is pretty much the finished marquetry. You can see I almost have two other sets. Just missing a bit on one side of one circle and of course, no background piece..
Here’s a close up of the rooster logo. The only things wrong with it are caused by my poor technique and inexperience. There are tiny cross grain bits that I have been unable to retain, but the saw did cut them so it gets full marks. Again, if you go back and look at my Cabinetree or Facets projects, you will not see any cuts anywhere near this precise nor will you see any sharp points on anything. I just can’t do this on a scroll saw. I know that several on this site can in fact do that, I’m just not one of them nor do I see myself getting that good any time soon.
Therefore: The Chevalet passes her test drive. I’m keeping her.
The rest of this project is just another project and not related to the chevalet so I’ll call this one a done blog and get on with my serving tray.
Thanks for your interest and feel free to ask questions or to comment or critique.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/