The Classic Style is the most difficult of the saw cut styles to master. It involves cutting each piece separately, from packets of veneer, each composed of only one color or species. It’s considerable advantage is that it can produce as many identical motifs as the number of layers in your packets. This can reduce the labor and increase the speed of production of pieces with repetitive motifs or enable the production of several identical pieces.
The first step as in other styles is to produce a drawing segmented into the pieces you want to cut. I did this one from a photo. The various segments are numbered to indicate the veneer used for that piece.
In Classic Style the next step is to assemble packets, in my case here, of six layers of one veneer. This is a packet of shop cut Holly. It has been fastened with marquetry pins and it’s edges have been taped to further compact it. A segment of the drawing which includes several holly parts has been attached to it with spray glue.
When one of the elements is cut, again with the saw blade at exactly 90 degrees, six identical elements are produced.
The other packets are cut one by one until all the elements are cut and ready to assemble.
This photo shows the difference between the results of the Boulle cut motif in the last blog entry and this one cut in Classic Style. The pros for Classic Style are obvious. The big con is simply that as each piece is separately cut, the perfect fits guaranteed by the other styles are no longer a given. In theory anyway, in Classic Style, you cut the outside half of the line on the internal part and the inside half of the line when cutting the field. IF you can do this, you get another pro in that unlike the Boulle Style there will be no saw kerf. This was my first try and I can tell you that it is not easy. I have lots of gaps…..but I learned something and I will improve.
I have used one other method of cutting marquetry using a router and an inlay bushing set. It is detailed here: http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/18834 It too has it’s advantages, particularly for very large projects and in places where the pattern facilitates repetitive cuts.
All these methods and the knife methods (See Dennis Zongker’s blog: http://lumberjocks.com/DennisLeeZongker/blog/23802 ) have their advantages and disadvantages. They can be used alone or in conjunction with each other. It all works.
Edit: I’ve added another segment,”Painting in Wood” style following in the another segment of the blog.
I hope that this has cleared up some of the terminology confusion around marquetry styles .
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/