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