Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. #5: Cutting and mounting the backgrounds.

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The last segment ended with the background pattern glued to the packet for the lower part of the picture. This is just about the same photo except that I have added some support in the middle of the packet to keep it tight. Very fine veneer nails are hard to come by so I’ve used staples from a desk stapler. They are not the ideal solution and often crumple somewhat but for a thin packet like this one they actually work very well.

The cutting has begun and it’s looking OK so far.

This one’s for Mike who remarked last time that he found it ironic that I was working on the marquetry and the actual boat at the same time. The photo shows the completed cut, still sitting in place, on top of one of Friendship’s cabin sole boards that’s in the shop for a coat of Cetol.

Here’s the lower background all cut out.

Time to check that the top and bottom still fit before getting into cutting the top.

In this closeup of the top of the pattern you can see pairs of pencil lines cutting across some of the rigging lines. These are “bridges” that will stay in the piece to hold the separate pieces until final assembly of the infill marquetry.

This is how they look after cutting. The bridges can be removed after the background is glued to the assembly board on butcher’s paper.

The background is joined into one piece. When working in thin sliced veneers of this size, particularly burls, it is always a relief when the pieces don’t change shape and size on you as you go. These will be fine.
The piece is 11 inches wide and about 28 high. That’s Friendship’s entire cabin sole under it here.

And finally here is the complete background glued down to butcher’s paper on the assembly board. Nothing left to do now but start assembling and see if all the pieces fit …. ........... :-)

Enough for now, next time assembly.

Thanks for dropping in.

Comment, ask questions and critique if you wish, and keep smiling.


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

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#1 posted 451 days ago

Paul, you are true to you LJ name on this one. I can’t wait to see the finished product!!..............Jim

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

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#2 posted 451 days ago

Doggone Paul. This was just getting interesting. I can’t wait to see how those pieces are going to fit!! Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait until next time. I think it’s incredible that you expect two totally unrelated cuts to match up perfectly just from the pattern. I don’t doubt that it will if you don’t, but I have to see it with my own eyes to actually believe it. Your cabin sole looks better made than my finest project to date (whatever that is).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 451 days ago

your patience and passion are showing up here. This looks like very meticulous work.

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

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#4 posted 451 days ago

This looks like it’s going to be a humdinger of a project. I can’t wait to see it finished.

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Looking good Paul!! I am enjoying the posts.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 451 days ago

I agree with Mike. This does not seem possible.
Heck, I am proud when two miters line up.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 451 days ago

Your on a whole other level Paul. Really cool to see the steps you go through.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 451 days ago

Whats the lining of your assembly box/tray?

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#9 posted 451 days ago

You have much patience, and much skill.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 451 days ago

Thanks for the trip, I’ve been watching and learning, would love to try marquetry some day.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 451 days ago

Super visit to your workshop Paul … however short it had to be!!
I got to see this actual design, and a bit of trouble hampering the path.. But not to worry … Paul had everything well in hand!!
It truly will be TWO beautiful … no! ... actually masterful AND beautiful works of art adorning his two cabinet doors !!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 451 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Jeremy, Here my trays are lined with some fabric scraps that my wife had around. They have a little pile so you can easily slip tweezers under small pieces. In Az I have a thin 1/8” craft foam from Michael’s. Both are colors that don’t come up in veneers so the parts show up.

Tom, Nice try, you are no shabby marqueteur yourself. Hard to choose but I think I like “It takes two” the best.

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

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#13 posted 451 days ago

Paul, your talent and creativity are incredibly amazing. This still doesn’t say enough about you

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

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#14 posted 450 days ago

Very COOL work!

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

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#15 posted 449 days ago

As per your normal standard, this is excellent work Paul! I think Patrice would be very happy to see that his lesson on the use of bridges to hold the interior sections of background in place were well learned and are being applied.

If I recall correctly, this was one of the nuggets that we took away from stage 2.

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

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