Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure #8: Finishing up the Aprons.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 728 days ago 1740 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Pretty Apron to go with the Nice Legs Part 8 of Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure series Part 9: A Couple of Chevalet Videos. »

There will be a little flashback in time here as some of this was done before the legs were finished up. Anyway I will just throw in a few photos of some of the joinery involved without going into much detail.

Roughing out the mortises.

And the tenons.

I like to leave the tenons a little big and final fit while cleaning the mortises.

Looks good.

I glued a strip on the tops of the apron pieces after fitting to locate the table frame inside the recess in the bottom of the table top. This keeps everything square and evenly spaced automatically and gives some mechanical interlock to the frame to top joint.

This one shows the aprons in place, locked into the table top. I added the piece of tubi that came out of the rebate in the top of the tabletop frame to the inside of the bottom recess. This creates the correct spacing for the aprons underneath.

After adding a little more maple to the bottoms of the aprons I pressed the marquetry onto the faces

And hammer veneered mahogany on the backs. As it turns out I discovered that a paint scraper with it’s blade ground smooth makes the best veneer hammer I’ve yet made…. and the easiest.

Next job was one I had been dreading. I have a lot of respect for the great scrollers on LJ’s… I’m just not one of them. This tool was the one that caused me to build my chevalet(s).

Since I did promise some sub-assembly shots, here are a couple.

As of these photos you are only a day or two behind where I am at present. Remaining to be done are the stretchers and some sort of edge treatment for the bottoms of the scrolled edges. Along with the stretchers will come some shop made tubi veneer on the leg “toes”. Of course there is also final glue-up and lots of finishing.

This means the blogs will “blog down” a little now. I may do one more before I post the project but I don’t want to let the whole cat out of the bag in advance.

Thanks for looking in and as always please ask questions and comment if you wish.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 728 days ago

What tune do these notes represent? Beautiful work. Still reminds me of some of the work in the Getty Center near you.

-- Big Al in IN

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 728 days ago

We’re going to have start calling you WonderMan!

You’re such a Wonder… doing so wonderful things!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 728 days ago

I think you are superman, not shipwright… :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 728 days ago

Al, since you ask. I thought long and hard about making the notes actually be a tune but in fact most real music isn’t that visually pleasing so this is a bit of artistic license.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 728 days ago

i dont know Paul, ’’Tip Toe Through the tulips ” might have been just the tune needed here…but things are coming along really nice, so where will this new piece call home, living room, bedroom, den…....or it really should find home in the Smithsonian institute…now i can say i cant wait to see the finished piece…..but im still enjoying the ride…

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

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#6 posted 727 days ago

That is coming a long very nicely!! .................Jim

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

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#7 posted 727 days ago

amazing masterful build, now i know why you have such a beautiful boat that you built

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 727 days ago

Paul, it’s coming along nicely and rally is a thing of beauty

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 727 days ago


Great looking work.

That looks like some pretty skilled control on the scroll saw to me.

What kind of saw is it?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 727 days ago

Almost there! They are looking great.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#11 posted 727 days ago

Looks better all the time Paul. I am equally impressed with both your woodworking skills and your artistic talent. This table is turning into quite a masterpiece, and we are learning some good tricks at the same time!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 727 days ago

THanks all

Lee it’s a DeWalt.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 727 days ago

You know, I bought a real nice hawk scrool saw a while back just for this tyoe of work, but have very rarely used it.

Maybe after I retire.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 727 days ago

Your have an amazing artistic eye!!!


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

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#15 posted 726 days ago

Looking excellent already. The mortice and tennon joint on arbor and leg caught my attention. That is where I am always puzzled whether to miter the tenons or not. In your case, it is just flush. I admire your accuracy in this project. Pre-assembly and piece by piece constructions.

-- Bert

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