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FANTASY MARQUETRY #5: Assembling the Packet (at last)

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Blog entry by stefang posted 08-26-2014 04:19 PM 839 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got all my veneer patches placed, at least those that would be cut this time. Here they are finished.

The next job was to tape the layers together, first one layer and tape, then the 2nd layer always using thin tape and trying to avoid overlaps on the ensuing layers. As I added more layers the packet seemed to get tighter. I finally got the small pieces done as shown in photo 1 below and then I taped around the edges with wide tape as shown in in the 2nd photo.

The next task was to cut some 1/8” plywood for the top and bottom of the packet as shown below, then tape that to make a nice package as shown in photo 2.

Now to mount the marquetry design. I am showing how I used hot hide glue for this job just to prove to Paul that I am actually using it. I spread it on one side of the packet and was about to plaster it on when OUCH! FATAL ERROR DISCOVERED!! 

I had forgotten to mark on the packet which side the design should be pasted on and it’s top/bottom orientation. I immediately tried to kick myself in the butt, but my arthritis prevented that. Memo to myself: buy a long handle to mount a shoe onto for next time.

Luckily I had marked the bottom edges with an arrow in the middle of each layer. I carefully sliced open one end, used my steel rule to separate the layers a little and found my arrow. It was on the side I had not buttered with hide glue. So I marked it and once again, resealed the edge with marquetry tape and slathered on some hide glue to get the design attached as shown below. The glue on the wrong side was rubbed off into glue balls with my fingers. Try that with PVA glue!

I CAN HEAR YOU SAYING ”ARE WE THERE YET?,  ARE WE THERE YET? Well, no there is still a couple of more things to do. It’s time to drive some nails through the packet in background areas. Sealing around the edges is not enough to hold the packet together while cutting, especially in the central areas.

Yes, this will leave holes in the background that will have to be fixed, but they are absolutely necessary so it’s just to do it! Notice in the photo below that the nails have been clinched making sure to not cross any design lines where the saw will be cutting. They are clinched in the same direction on the front and back so the veneers will not be pulled in opposite directions. I used some plate steel underneath while doing the clinching with my hammer. It left the design a little beat up, but nothing significant.

After clinching the nails I put marquetry tape over the entire back of the packet to keep the surface as smooth as possible as it will be spun around in the chevalet clamp while cutting. I forgot to take pic of that. I’m not sure yet what I will do with the top of the packet. I’m thinking of using clear packing tape for that.

I should mention here that I was supposed to put in some grease sheets between the packet layers to lubricate the blade. I didn’t do this time as I want to see how important it is. I’ve been practice cutting some thicker pieces of wood and that seems to go ok, so I think it’s worth taking the risk (famous last words).

I had to stop there today because the sun staggered up after a couple of weeks of rain and I was marched out to mow the lawn. My ear still hurts! I plan to start cutting the wizard tomorrow unless something unforeseen comes up. so it looks like it will be finished before they ship me off to the old folks home.This blog is getting to be like that TV series ‘Lost’, never ending and nobody knows what’s going on. Thanks for following with and I hope you could make some sense out of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 04:49 PM

I never had heard that arthritis could have an advantage. But now I know it; you can,t kick yourself. And Mike I could make sense out of it !! Tomorrow more ??

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 04:50 PM

its coming along very nicely mike, you are stepping into some undiscovered territory and i really enjoy watching you do this, is there anyway to video any of your work in the new chevy, those are some really cool tools and i know you’re going to do well with yours…thanks for bringing us along…i do have some very good popcorn that my sister grows so i shall do a batch and sit back and enjoy your work…dont ya wish you had one of those like 50 years ago, ,,,go get em mike…

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

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stefang

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 05:32 PM

Thanks Dutchy and Bob. I love popcorn, but I just don’t fancy myself on the silver screen. It would be like watching one of those huge dinosaurs slowly lumber from tree to tree. At least theres a sense of speed and excitement between my photos. My son has a camera (iPhone?) mounted to his bike. Very boring!! It would be more fun mounted on the back showing the keystone cops chasing him. You can have the popcorn anyway. I wish you hadn’t brought that up Bob. Now I have a craving for it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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grizzman

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 06:12 PM

so do you like it with butter and a bit of salt, yea over the years my sister has sent me bags and bags of it, its some of the best iver ever tasted..well the silver screen will just have to wait, but i do say, let the pictures flow…sorry mike, my sisters and i do that all the time to one another, the power of suggestion…..

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

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stefang

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 06:27 PM

I am to salt what King Midas was to gold. I quit using table salt over a year ago. It’s had quite a positive effect on my blood pressure and appetite too. I’m surprised I was able stop using it. There is still some salt in the food my wife prepares, but I think it’s pretty minimal.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 07:28 PM

Good progress Mike.
If I may suggest, nails are not usually used in Boulle style or in PIW. They are used in piece by piece and only in areas that aren’t used. In Boulle and PIW you can start in the center and work toward the outside. That way you always have a solid, supported side. It also helps to tape the pieces in place as you cut them out rather than removing them. Use scotch tape, both sides.
When you do use nails, it’s best to cut them close and rivet them against a metal back. This limits the size of the nail on the packet and minimizes that chance of cutting into it.
Don’t mean to be critical, you are doing a great job. It’s just too bad to have those holes to fix in the background.
Good luck with the cutting.

-- 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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#7 posted 08-26-2014 07:37 PM

Thanks Paul. I do wish I hadn’t nailed it knowing this now, but at least I was careful to make sure and not cross any cut lines. I was copying what Paul Schurch teaches, but of course he uses a scroll saw. I also might have gone overboard on the nails too. I hope I didn’t ruin my marquetry. I will have to see what I can do about the holes later. I’m not too optimistic about making them invisible. Live and learn!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 07:48 PM

Maybe you could add another layer of the chosen background veneer on top and then add a new pattern??

-- 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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#9 posted 08-26-2014 07:53 PM

That sounds like a very creative solution Paul. I might try that. I would have to replace the blue and the green. I’ll take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks for that great idea!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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kiefer

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#10 posted 08-27-2014 01:41 AM

That is quite a bundle and if that was me doing it I sure wouldn’t know which end was up .
The nail holes may lead to some added features and give you more to think about .
Great blog Mike keep it coming .

Klaus

-- Kiefer 松

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 08-27-2014 01:57 AM

I’m not schooled in marquetry techniques at all. This process is totally new to me and I’m finding it quite interesting. I’m looking forward to your next instalment.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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stefang

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#12 posted 08-27-2014 08:39 AM

Thanks Klaus and Peter After thinking about the nail holes overnight I’ve concluded that they really aren’t a problem. The holes in the grass will be eliminated when I add the little yellow flowers and I think I know what to do with the ones in the sky pieces. There are also a couple in the beard, but those will be replaced with some details when the beard is defined after the first cutting. That’s when I will decide if details will be added with knife cut, scroll saw or chevalet sawn pieces. It’s great to have lots of options.

All-in-all I am pretty pleased with the packet. My main worry now is if it will spin smoothly in the chevalet clamp as I saw today. It’s wonderful to be so excited about something at my age and the uncertainties make it even better!

I took a few minutes yesterday to cut out a random complicated piece with my craft knife using the window method (I’ve unsuccessfully tried this before), and for the first time I got a perfect match with the mating piece. More about this later.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Ronald G Campbell

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#13 posted 08-27-2014 12:22 PM

I like what I have seen so far

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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stefang

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#14 posted 08-27-2014 04:35 PM

That’s good Ronald, I need all the encouragement I can get.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 08-29-2014 12:43 PM

This is really interesting. I just started playing with a scroll saw so this looks like magic to me. I am looking forward to the progress. Thanks, Mike for bringing us along!

-- 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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