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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.

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#1 posted 556 days ago

looks like you are working out
all the bugs

and the dragons

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 556 days ago

Nice work Mike. I saw your comments about inspiring other. You and Shipwright are getting me interested ;-)) But I have too many interests already and I’m way behind!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 556 days ago

Looks great Mike nice work

-- Cosmicturner

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#4 posted 556 days ago

Getting better each time Mike.
BTW, you seem to be doing some quite fine re-sawing there. Kudos for that too.

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

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#5 posted 556 days ago

Thanks guys. I appreciate the resaw comment Paul. I love that big bandsaw! I can resaw down to whatever thickness i want with that thing. It really amazes me. I found that I can handplane real thin veneers too. I use my little Stanley block plane with a small mouth opening and a light setting. It smooths very quickly. I finish up with a couple of passes with sandpaper diagonal and one pass with the grain. I just carpet tape the thin piece to a piece of ply that is held between my bench dogs. Works great and very accurate too.

I don’t know how this will turn out. I thought I might use it on something for the grandkids if it isn’t too bad.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 556 days ago

I’m really enjoying this blog series Mike. It is all new to me, but I’d like to try my hand at some marquetry some day. Thanks for sharing your journey.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 555 days ago

Hi Mike, I’m with Andy on this one not sure I will be doing marquetry any time soon. I have enjoyed reading this series and I always seem to pick up some tip that will come to me when working on some other type of project. Keep on climbing the learning curve.

How is the winter in Norway this year?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 555 days ago

Hi Mike
I have been following your new adventure with interest but must say I know beans about this subject ,so no advise from here .
Also read your Birchy blog and I can relate to it very much ,I planted a tree for every grandchild and here is a pic of the oldest ( Manchurian ash ) about 15 years old .

This tree is for the next generation and I shutter very time we get a wind storm .

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 555 days ago

Thanks Kiefer. That’s a beautiful little tree. As you can tell from my blog I don’t know beans about marquetry either. If want to see real marquetry and learn something you can follow Shipwright’s projects and blogs. My efforts here more exploratory tinkering than anything else. But that can be fun too with all the drama!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 555 days ago

Thanks again for sharing this work. Very interesting how you resaw the finished piece.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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