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Blog entry by stefang posted 588 days ago 1675 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

FULL DISCLOSURE
Yesterday’s work turned out better than my first try. What I didn’t say in yesterday’s blog was that I accidentally attached my pattern, not to the background piece as I should have done, but instead to the thin taped on piece that I detach and use to trace those parts onto the infill pieces for cutting. Since it was impossible to get the pattern (a new copy) back into the right position there was no way I could continue with that workpiece. No harm done as I wasn’t too happy with it anyway.

TODAYS WORK
I cut a new 3/8” thick background piece and a new veneer backing for my marking pattern at 1/16”. This piece was thicker and more stable than the last one. This time I attached the original artwork of the dragon as my pattern onto the background piece. I found the outline pattern to be a little confusing, which made it easy to make cutting errors.

I started late so I only had time to mark and cut one infill piece. it is part of the main body and it is the largest piece in this project. I also cut some of the other non-adjacent body parts out. They show up in black as I photographed them on top of our cast iron oven. The infilled part is Ash instead of black as in the original design.

As you can see this one turned out perfect. I am hoping this trend will continue tomorrow. Now I’m starting to enjoy this challenge.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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patron

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#1 posted 588 days ago

whatever you are doing mike
it seems to be working
and i’m glad you are showing
not just the successes
but the trials too

now i can take a nap

knowing things are right
with the world again
that dragon is beautiful !

-- 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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lanwater

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#2 posted 588 days ago

This is a great dragon with intricate details.

The blogs are really valuable.

Thanks!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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shipwright

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#3 posted 588 days ago

Marquetry is easy Mike. All you need is saw skills and a serious stubborn streak.
I think that makes you eminently qualified to succeed.
This is getting better all the time and I’m sure you will end up with some lovely pieces.

Enjoying the ride Mike… keep it up.

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

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stefang

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#4 posted 588 days ago

Thanks David, Ian and Paul. I’m really looking forward to continuing tomorrow. I won’t be making new workpieces again so I might get a lot done for a change!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Philip

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#5 posted 588 days ago

3rd times the charm…33rd time in marquetry! Looking good Mike.

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

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littlecope

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#6 posted 588 days ago

This is a great follow-along Mike,
and it looks like you have that Dragon by the tail now!
Your Determination is as admirable as your Work my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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grizzman

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#7 posted 588 days ago

well im certainly proud of how you have come along, i dont have it in me to do something this detailed, cutting these small pieces just scares me…lol…i cant wait to see how this comes out…

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

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lumberdustjohn

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#8 posted 587 days ago

Looks great!
De- tails are beautiful.

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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stefang

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#9 posted 587 days ago

Thanks Phillip, Mike, Grizz and LDJ for following along.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roger

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#10 posted 587 days ago

Wow! That’s really comin together beautifully stefang.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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stefang

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#11 posted 587 days ago

Thanks Roger. I’m on a roll today. I hope I can show some good progress this evening when I’m finished for the day. I’m really enjoying myself now. Even modest success is a great motivator! I have the impression that some think the colored parts are already done, but they’re not, it’s just the pattern. Only the Ash body parts are being done for the time being.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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smokey56

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#12 posted 587 days ago

You are definitely ready for the chevalet…......go for it.

Ken Stover

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