Welcome to my shop. Yes, today I will show you how to make color copies with your bandsaw.
1. Just take what you want copied and place into your bandsaw blade like this.
2. Now push it slowly through to the other side of the blade like this.
3. Separate and now you have a perfect copy! Well, book matched anyway, nothing is perfect.
This is the outcome after some hand sanding with 80 grit paper. I rubbed on some ethanol to bring out the colors, but it evaporated so fast that the first one on the right was almost dry before I took the pic.
HOW THIS WAS DONE
Two 1/2” birch Plywood panels were glued to both sides of my dragon marquetry which was about 1/4” thick. I pressed the lamination in my newly finished veneer press .
Counter veneers still have to be glued onto the backside of each copy to prevent warping. I plan to do that tomorrow so it can dry while I clean.
Paul ‘Shipwright’ advised me to sandwich the dragon between two platters before resawing. This advice virtually guaranteed a good outcome. The cut went perfectly and I’m sure this was due to the sandwich. I will (almost) always heed any woodworking advice from someone who can build beautiful yachts and master marquetry, as Paul has done! Many thanks Paul!
I am equally indebted to Mathew Nedeljko another marquetry master who shared his veneer press in an excellent blog and which I unashamedly copied. He was also kind enough to supply me with the dimensions and his good wishes. It made the glue-up quite easy! Much thanks Mathew!
My wife has been pleading with me not to attempt this resaw after using so much time to make the dragon. However, I never had a doubt that it would go perfectly well. That dryness in my mouth just before beginning the cut was probably just due to a little dust in the shop!
A finish has to be decided on. I honestly don’t know what would be be best. I want to use something that will enhance the colors and provide good contrast. Any suggestions are welcome.
Frames have to be made for the dragons and then I have to decide who to give one of them to. That will be a little difficult because I really don’t have any favorites in the family. They are all quite lovable. I would like to keep the other since I like it and I’m a little proud of it too, especially since I used a somewhat unconventional method to produce it, and though it isn’t that special, it is good enough to have given me the confidence to go further with this kind of work.
But before doing the finishing and frames, I am dying to show you all the stuff that I’ve purchased just to get started with marquetry. I plan to do that in my next blog in this series. But first I have to clean up the shop a bit. A woodworkers work is never done!
Thank you for joining in and I hope you found something interesting or at least informative here.
-- Mike, American in Norway