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Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure #2: More Marquetry for the Top.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 733 days ago 3750 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Where it all Started. Part 2 of Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure series Part 3: A Sidetrack and finishing the Tabletop »

The first photo here is the one the last segment finished off with. I re-post it here because it was at this point that I first noticed that the motif was crooked in the ellipse. In the ASFM workbook it is just a line drawing on a page. I scanned it and retraced it in inkscape to clean it up but didn’t notice that it was not straight on the page in the book. So of course, now that I know I can’t live with it.

So here’s the solution. First, cut an MDF pattern (white thing) 1/4” smaller all around than the birdseye ellipse.

Second, tilt the pattern to be straight with the motif.

Third, cut it out and discard the trimmed piece of birdseye.

And finally, make a bit of rope banding to fill the gap. This photo also shows the border trimmed to size and shape, the four way matched birdseye maple field…. and also segues into the next bit of marquetry.

You were probably wondering about those huge slashes in the sides and ends where I separated the border pieces in order to stack cut the corners. Well so was I. I decided to add a bit of marquetry that would cover the seams at these spots. The pieces were again stacked and carefully aligned for another stack cut. The difference this time is that the center pieces will be cut separately later so the two halves cut here have to be accurate. This packet has only the ebony and the poplar.


Alignment is everything here as the banding that will cover the seam between the birdseye field and the Ebony border must be a straight line when it all goes together.

Several hours of cutting and assembling later it looked like this. Unfortunately the new bits of marquetry crowded the garland ring a little too much so I decided it would look just lovely on another project. To make matters more interesting, I was not too happy with the “rope” either and was beginning to wonder if the central medallion shouldn’t be darker.

I’ll leave you hanging on that one for tonight but you might just find a clue to what happened next in my tray post.

Next time some changes to a new plan….or not.

Questions, comments, critiques are welcome.

Thanks

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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gfadvm

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#1 posted 733 days ago

Paul, That is simply amazing work. I REALLY like the rope trim but you gotta please yourself.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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grizzman

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#2 posted 733 days ago

yea Paul we all work to our own different standards, and i know yours are really high, and you expect high things of yourself, and now at this point in things we all expect a lot for you, oh how the pressure mounts…lol…...like Andy said, i to was happy with the rope, and had not thought about how dark the medallion was, but now that you mention it, it would look better with something darker..at least i think it would…so the adventure continues…and we shall all be waiting…what will he do…so folks, stay tuned, same channel, same time…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Roger

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#3 posted 733 days ago

All I can say is Wow man, Wow! You are a super talented, and patient person. Keep on keepin on.

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

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rrdesigns

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#4 posted 733 days ago

Absolutely stunning. Looks like the piece would be right at home in the Thomas Jefferson collection.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#5 posted 733 days ago

Davinci…just think of all the learning opportunities this project has presented… like the master you have overcome all obstacles. This is looking great!

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

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sras

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#6 posted 733 days ago

What a fun story. If you don’t like it, change it! There are no schedules to keep, no labor cost over runs and you get to decide when it is “good enough”. I’m not sure what comes next, but the smaller center medallion looks better to me…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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shipwright

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#7 posted 733 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Andy and Grizz, I liked the rope too but a closer look shows that while diagonally slicing some grainy fir looks good in a straight line, It would take a bunch moe little segments to make it work on an ellipse. That and the loss of the dak color in the garland spelled the end for the rope, But I will use the idea again.

Mat, Thanks but I must decline the title unless you are referring to Leonardo’s nephew Bob.

Steve, I love design as you go. I don’t follow plans anyway so there’s not much point in making them. I like to get the feel of the piece as it grows and adapt to its rhythm.

Thanks

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 733 days ago

Paul,

That was a great solution to your crooked centerpiece, but had you not pointed it out, I would have missed it. It’s understandable how you originally missed it, but I know too that once one is aware of something like that, it’s hard not to insist on a solution. Yours was brilliant.

Did you happen to mention how large the table is? After looking at your tray again, I’m thinking that the table is smaller than it appears (which means your pieces are really tiny to handle).

Looking forward to your next blog post.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 733 days ago

Amazing how something like the asymmetrical concern will catch some folk’s eye and drive us crazy to fix it. You have a real gift for this stuff Paul. I like how you think, design as you go; fluid, original, outside the box.

And so patient and talented.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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stefang

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#10 posted 733 days ago

I totally understand your way of working on this Paul. Sometimes things don’t turn out as good as you want, and it is much more important to get a result you are satisfied with than just getting the project finished. I think it is the proper approach for an artistic piece like this. I agree with you about the rope. While nicely done it doesn’t really match the refinement of the overall design. I also think a contrasting medallion would look nicer with the lighter Birds eye surround. It will be very interesting to see what you come up with (the tray?)

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#11 posted 733 days ago

I totally understand your way of working on this Paul. Sometimes things don’t turn out as good as you want, and it is much more important to get a result you are satisfied with than just getting the project finished. I think it is the proper approach for an artistic piece like this. I agree with you about the rope. While nicely done it doesn’t really match the refinement of the overall design. I also think a contrasting medallion would look nicer with the lighter Birds eye surround. It will be very interesting to see what you come up with (the tray?)

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 732 days ago

Paul,

I am truly awed by your work and patience. You continue to teach and inspire me.

I personally don’t like the rope or the larger border either, it looks very crowded. I think your center piece is amazing and fits the table beautifully, it just need the right border. Like in your tray, you accentuated the border with a nice simple contrasting border. The border really made it pop but still melded with the whole tray brilliantly.

I think the size of the rope border is perfect, you just have to find the right dark contrasting wood.

Those are just my impressions. Thanks for letting me share.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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shipwright

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#13 posted 732 days ago

Thanks again

L/W, The table top is about 31” x 17” and will be about 30” to 32” high.

Nate We think a lot alike as you will see in the next segment. I think that my solution is exactly what you would have done.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 732 days ago

Paul, that is beautiful!! Man, you are good at that!!...........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Napaman

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#15 posted 732 days ago

incredible details…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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