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Marquetry Cutting Styles #1: Double Bevel or Conical Style

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-11-2011 01:51 AM 5751 reads 18 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I posted the clipper ship marquetry for my Canadian chevalet, there was some confusion about the different styles of cutting marquetry and the terminology conected thereto. I will try here, using examples from some of my work, to clear up the confusion.

First of all, let me say that these are all methods for sawing marquetry. Knife methods are not something I have much experience with and while they have similarities I won’t include knife cutting here.

Double Bevel Marquetry refers to the style wherin two adjacent elements are placed one above the other and sawn on a bevel. The bevel is calculated to permit the upper piece, when the offcuts have been removed, to drop into the bottom layer to match bevel face to bevel face with no kerf. This might be a simple shape cut from a background, where the piece drops into the hole left in the field, but in more complex pieces it becomes a “piece by piece” build up of many elements.

In the first photo, the elements of a maple leaf have already been double bevel cut to make the composite leaf blank. They have been layed out on top of the bubinga pieces that will be the field. The margins of the leaf have not been cut.


Here the pattern, in this case a photo, has been superimposed over the wood elements.

With the saw set at about eight degrees (for this thickness of veneer) the pattern is cut on the centre piece.

Here the leaf has been “dropped” into the bubinga background with no kerf and a perfect fit because both pieces were cut at the same time. The piece on the right is the discarded part of the field piece. Think of it as all bubinga. I just didn’t want to waste it so I made the field piece out of maple and cut bubinga in where it would be needed.

When you finish up a double bevel piece, you have one only motif with no kerf lines and perfect fits. It has a lot to recommend it.

Thanks for looking.

Next time Boulle style

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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#1 posted 06-11-2011 02:00 AM

Thanks Paul all knowledge is good knowledge & you have plenty to share
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 02:30 AM

Paul,
I am following your marquetry posts with great interest. Many thanks for sharing the information.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 02:46 AM

wow! that is awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#4 posted 06-11-2011 03:14 AM

Paul,

Your blogs are always so informative. There are so many good details that we can pretend that we did it! (When we don’t have your talent, we have to live vicariously!)

Thanks for helping us better understand the various methods.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 06-11-2011 06:08 AM

Nicely and clearly explained Paul. Good stuff.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 06-11-2011 08:05 AM

Thank you Paul.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 06-11-2011 09:31 AM

Thanks Paul.

Although I have red and red, you illustrations ties all of this together.

great blog. I am hoping there will be more.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 06-11-2011 02:36 PM

Paul, Very informative and it had cleared my mind now why it is necessary to cut in an angle. Thanks.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 06-11-2011 02:49 PM

Thanks Paul,
You are a well of knowledge, and knowledge is good.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 06-11-2011 03:52 PM

Great explanation. I remember trying that when I first got my scroll saw. It got real difficult for me once the shape got complex. I had to get out of the habit of wanting to cut everything straight and not perpendicular to the blade.

Thanks

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 06-11-2011 04:09 PM

Great tutorial, Paul. As usual, your pictures and explanations make the complex appear simple.
As I so well know, the execution is another story entirely!
Looking forward to the next installment.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 06-11-2011 04:34 PM

Thanks for the comments. I noticed soon after I started writing this blog that describing double bevel marquetry is a lot harder than doing it. Boulle and classic aren’t going to be any easier.

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

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#13 posted 06-11-2011 06:33 PM

shipwright – This might help. A picture is worth 1000 words.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 06-11-2011 06:46 PM

Good one Gary. I’ve got the photo upload figured out but aside from photographing sketches, I haven’t got the graphic upload figured out yet.

Thanks for the help.

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

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#15 posted 06-11-2011 06:50 PM

That was just a quick autocad drawing I whipped up and printed to a jpg file, so it wasn’t any different than a picture upload.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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