Today was better. I bandsawed a background piece about 3/8” thick and a thinner piece 1/32” thick to be cut with the background as a pattern to mark the pieces to be cut and inserted into the background as shown in the photo below.
Here is the pack with the dragon pattern attached.
After cutting out the main body parts, I detached the thin platter and used it to trace the parts onto the insert pieces, then I inserted them into background piece.
The inserts were a pretty good fit this time, but not as good as I would like. There were some gaps. Most of these can be eliminated by trimming some areas that are too tight and the rest might close when glued in place, I’m not sure yet. I think I made my pattern piece too thin at 1/32” and it was a little difficult to work with while I was tracing. I have to make another pattern piece for the other inserts, so I will make it about 1/16” to see if that helps.
The cut stayed at 90deg. this time from top to bottom, so that part worked out very well thanks to using a thinner background piece. Once all the inserts are glued into the background I can resaw it into two finished pieces to double the return for my effort. I should then wind up with two marquetry works which are each 1/8” thick and about the size of an A4 piece of paper.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.