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Blog entry by stefang posted 01-16-2013 05:37 PM 1822 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The work went well today. I have cut and glued in most of the body pieces except for the tail and two arms. I had cut the details around the eyebrows yesterday, but I realized how difficult it would be to cut that top body part to fit, so I cut off the eyebrows and just extended the body to cover that area too. I will be repasting the eyebrow pattern on top and cutting it separately.

No mishaps to report. I only had to recut one very small piece.

I did try to orient the grain on the Ash to augment the twisting motion of the dragon as best I could.

The good fits of the infill pieces prove that anyone with modest cutting skills like myself can do this work. The important thing is to get accurate outline tracings onto the infill pieces and cutting them just outside of the lines.

After cutting, the piece might be a little oversize. This can be corrected by examining for cuts that that left a little wood between the cut and the line, and then trimming them very lightly/carefully in those areas until they fit.

I think a light with a magnifying glass is essential for this job, at least with my eyes. I mainly use it to when I am cutting out the infill pieces where accuracy is most important.


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 05:48 PM

wow mike, your doing great, i agree about the light and magnifier, it is necessary, im rooting for you mike, your doing it…pretty soon it will be done, i just dont have any clue as to how you cut the small black lines , like in the tail and such, how do you do that…well press on amigo…grizz

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

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 06:04 PM

Hi Grizz. I am just figuring it out as I go. Cutting the black lines is not a problem. I will probably just cut one yellow belly piece for each section and then cut out for the lines after the glue dries. I will probably also cut out for some white to give a shading effect. I haven’t decided yet how much detail I will add, but knowing myself it could be a bit as long as it can be cut nicely. I’m just taking my time and enjoying the work. As I see it, it is all doable from a technical standpoint. but it also has to look good, so I don’t want to overdo it either.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 06:11 PM

well its inspiring mike, i guess what you would do for the black lines is cut one long piece and then cut them to size when you get there, i just have to think this through and not let it overwhelm me like it has, but your right its all doable, and i know you will do well at it…im trying to get some umph to get into the shop, its cold and rainy and ive been lazy for three days now…i need to get a fire going in the wood stove and get to work, so much to do…you have a good night mike, thanks for this blog, it helps us all learn…

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

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 08:09 PM

I find it incredible that you are doing such fine work so soon after you started dabbling with marquetry Mike. That is amazing to me and I’m really looking forward to see how it all turns out. Thanks for the blog.

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

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 09:09 PM

Oh man Mike, that is very awesome.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 10:45 PM

You are doing Amazingly well Mike… serious kudos !!

For the belly sections you might consider cutting the individual segments and sand shading the bottom of each. Leave the kerf line and after the fact back-fill it with a black mastic. This will give you a sharp black luine with shading fading away from it. Even with this thick stock, the shading should penetrate and show on both copies when split.

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

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 11:26 PM

Thanks Brit, Roger and Paul. I will consider your suggestion Paul. I wasn’t actually planning any sand shading on this one, but I might if I can get the right kind of sand which you recommended.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 12:15 AM

Mike the detail is great.
I love the subject matter as well.
Looking good!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 01-17-2013 12:23 AM


This is neat Mike.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 02:08 AM

Nice progress Mike.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 02:37 AM

Mike I am impressed !!!!!!!!!!!!!
All that experimenting and patience is paying off and sure is a pleasure seeing you do it and enjoying this elaborate project.

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 03:30 AM

Looks good, I’m going to keep following your progress, very interested.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 04:34 AM

the colors and work are amazing. Looks almost like a painting but with more depth and richness!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 11:59 AM

Thanks Dave, Ian, Mike, Kiefer, Tom, and Rob. I will be starting on the belly parts soon. I think I have figured out a good way to do that, so I hope to cover that in my next blog. First I have to see if it will work! Won’t be doing much today as this is our shopping and visit day to my MIL at the old folks home. She is 92. When we visit her I like to plan/dream about how I will be able to do woodworking in such a small room if I ever have to live there.

Kiefer, believe me when I say that your coffee table project is a lot more difficult!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 11:13 AM

I’m impressed with your work here, Mike and jealous of your rapid progress in this skill. My day is coming soon to seriously learn more about marquetry.

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

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