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Taking the Chevalet (no not Chevrolet) for a Test Drive. #2: Dying Veneers, More Practice and the Chianti Black Rooster.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-07-2011 02:29 AM 4378 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Layout and Cutting... and a senior moment Part 2 of Taking the Chevalet (no not Chevrolet) for a Test Drive. series Part 3: The Requested Video, Part One. »

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

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



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mickyd

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 04:41 AM

Incredible detail!! You picked a great piece to test drive with. Nice work Paul.

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 07:09 AM

The chevalet looks like it passed with flying colors if you are able to make cuts that fine with it Paul! What type of tape are you using for your veneers, it looks like clear packing tape? I have been using the marquetry tape available from Paul Schurch and taping my veneers before I cut them and I notice that helps keep those tiny cross grain peices mostly together.

Really looking forward to seeing the video of you using it, and thanks for putting the time into documenting it for us. Can’t wait to see the video!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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shipwright

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 07:31 AM

Yes, I’m using packing tape. At home (Vancouver Island) I have veneer tape but couldn’t find any here. I’ll look into marquetry tape. It’s a new one on me. Thanks for the tip.

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

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 07:43 AM

I am mightily impressed with the details you sawed on the chevalet, I’ve not sawn that good on my scroll saw and I have a good one (a Hegner).

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 07:48 AM

I know what you mean Erwin. I can’t believe it. You don’t suppose that those old school European masters were onto something there do you?

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

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 09:33 AM

Lee Valley carries marquetry tape I believe.

That thing sure passed it’s test drive with flying colors my friend. I too can’t wait for the video. Keep making that fine sawdust.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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shipwright

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 07:48 PM

Mathew and Paul, I’ve searched both the Paul Schurch site and Lee Valley and don’t see “marquetry tape”. They both have veneer tape, which I have back home but have never used to prevent tearout. Is that what you’re referring to?

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

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 04:52 AM

Paul, I think the difference between marquetry tape and veneer tape is that marquetry tape does not have all those little round holes in it, which make it useless for trying to cut really small pieces. The tape Paul Schurch sells is solid white paper with a hide glue which is water activated on one side. I ordered two types, a standard 3/4” wide roll and a wider 2” roll. It is listed as S301 and S302 water gum tape under supplies on his site. They have excellent customer service and had my supplies delivered in a couple of days. I also ordered the brass brush for burnishing down the tape which makes a big difference and is excellent value.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 05:30 AM

Congradulations Paul ! , I’m impressed. As in your reply to Erwin, I too believe the old school euro masters were on to something.This will definitely be one of those projects that I’m going to build. Thanks for posting, larryw.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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shipwright

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#10 posted 03-08-2011 05:41 AM

Thanks Mathew. That’s the stuff I have at home. I bought it at Lee Valley as veneer tape. I looked on the Woodcraft site today and all they have is the stuff with the holes. When I think of it, I wonder why ordinary paper butcher’s tape wouldn’t work. Anyway, thanks I’ll order some from Schurch.

Larry, Glad to help. That’s why we’re here, right? If I can help with any details, please ask. I took measurements today and will post them soon. It’ll be a couple of days as we have company at the moment.

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

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