I thought it might be interesting for those thinking about taking up marquetry work to get an idea of what they might need and I wanted to show my marquetry advisory board what I bought in case they see something missing that I should have. Besides marquetry, It’s my intention to begin using hot hide glue, so those supplies and tools are also included.
HIDE GLUE/HAMMER VENEERING
I do like the specialty electric glue pots, but I didn’t fancy paying the high price plus import duties so I went for the hotplate/sauce pan solution as seen below. The hide glue shown is granulated. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I plan to soon. There is also a paint scraper for hammer veneering, I will have to dull one edge of the reversible blade for that purpose. The other edge can still be used for paint scraping. My idea for trying out the hide glue and the paint scraper came from Paul aka shipwright.
Choosing veneers was something new for me. I didn’t really know what veneers would be best to start with and what sizes I would need. I did assume that my first projects would be fairly small, so I choose mostly packs with a lot of different colors and tones, plus a pack of burls (I really like those) and a few larger sheets for big backgrounds or whatever.
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
In addition to the veneers, I bought a veneer saw and a large pack of 2/0 scrollsaw blades. I bought the blades only after making sure I could actually control them and get good results. The veneer saw is a pretty standard design. I learned that it had to be sharpened before use, and how to do that properly. I also learned how to use it the right way. All thanks to Joewoodworker.com for that info.
My buying spree also included Reptile sand for sand shading, painters tape to tape the veneers where necessary, Marquetry tape for joint edges, etc, Glycerol to mix with water for spraying bent and buckled burls and a spray bottle to spray veneers needing flattening.
Shellac flakes. The first time I’ve bought this. I now have to find suitable alcohol to mix it with. Alcohol is very restricted here in Norway. luckily, my DIL is a pharmacist, so I hope she can get the good stuff for me. Otherwise I only have Ethanol available to me, and that had red dye in it and is poisoned to make it undrinkable.
My son tells me that down and out alcoholics he has seen in the park in Oslo buy a loaf of french bread which they filter the ethanol through before drinking to remove the poison. this doesn’t always work so good though, as they get hungry after drinking the alcohol and in their inebriated state they eat the bread. I guess this would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.
I might try to learn french polishing, but before I do I will need some additional supplies like mineral oil, pumice and some wool and linen or cotton to rub it on with.
I brought down my light table from the loft. I can use it to trace and work on patterns. I can also do that on the computer, but I enjoy doing it by hand too. The cutting matt is the self healing type and I’m using some cheap craft knives for the time being. Yes, I do plan to learn the knife method of cutting marquetry too. I thought it would be nice to do while sitting with the wife on the terrace in the summer. A better craft knife and a lot of blades for it have been ordered from Lee Valley. I still intend to use my scrollsaw in the winter though.
The press was finished just before gluing my dragon marquetry to the backing. I like it a lot. It was inexpensive and it works really well. The design is based on Mathew Nedeljko’s design. Besides working well, it can be dismantled (no screws or fasteners involved) and compactly stored when not in use. The press frame is 3-3/4” square. The base and the top caul are torsion box construction like Mathew’s press. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/60368, but made from 3/4” MDF glue and air nailed.
I’m looking forward to getting started with all the above stuff, but before I do, the frames for my two dragon marquetries have to be be finished. I just started on the first one today. I’m pretty slow these days, so it could take awhile.
Otherwise, I have had to reconfigure my shop. It became awfully cramped and uncomfortable to work in after I bought my big bandsaw a couple of years ago. I couldn’t stand it anymore so I found a better setup and it’s actually nice to work out there again.
Thanks for reading!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.