FANTASY MARQUETRY #9: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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Blog entry by stefang posted 08-30-2014 05:16 PM 1396 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Working through the unexpected problems Part 9 of FANTASY MARQUETRY series Part 10: Repair work »

Having the same problems today with the pattern and I messed up a lot. On the positive side I will learn a lot about how to do repairs as there will be a lot of them on this project. I was tempted to trash it, but I’ve got too much time invested in it to do that, besides, I will get some valuable experience doing the repairs.

Repair work
All of the repair work will involve replacing badly cut and/or badly fitting pieces. This would be easy if I had been able to cut exactly to the pattern because I could simply use the pattern to cut the replacement pieces. However, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, so that means that I have to somehow take the shape of the piece needed directly from my already assembled (but not glued up) picture. That means I need a pattern for the new pieces.

I think the best and easiest way to do this would be to place my temporarily assembled marquetry onto my light table, remove the bad part from the assembly, and with the light shining through the opening, trace the shape onto paper and use that as my pattern for the new piece.

Here is today’s progress. one thing I am fairly happy with is the veneer choices. They are turning out a little better than I had hoped for. Despite the problems, I am still enjoying doing the work and I am learning a little bit each day.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 06:24 PM

Mike, you’re doing great, don’t give up !
More than one of us are watching this to see how you solve the problems.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 06:58 PM

When you need a pattern for a piece like you are describing, Patrick’s trick is to do a rubbing with NCR paper, then use the rubbing as a pattern. It works well. All you have to do is find an old roll of cash register tape.

You are right about the veneer choices. I like them too.

And remember, every day that you learn something is a very good day. :-)

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

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#3 posted 08-30-2014 07:17 PM

Mike, from this vantage point your project is looking better and better with each new post.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 08-30-2014 07:19 PM

I’m one step ahead of you this time Paul. I tried this today. I just placed the paper over the hole and used a pencil. Worked great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-30-2014 07:28 PM

Looks great to me Mike, I guess maybe NCR paper gives a slightly sharper line or something? I’m sure Patrick has a good reason. What you have there looks like it will do the job just fine though.

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

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#6 posted 08-31-2014 01:25 AM

Just all part of learning Mike,I am climbing a hill all the time teaching myself to carve.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 08-31-2014 03:35 AM

It still looks very good so far, sometimes you do learn more making a repair.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 08-31-2014 10:52 AM

Mike, perhaps you’re being a tad too self-critical.
Looks pretty darn good to me.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#9 posted 08-31-2014 11:56 AM

Yes James, it’s all part of the learning curve and I hope it will come out ok at the end. None of this would have happened if I had just gotten the pattern well attached. Luckily I covered it with packing tape before cutting and that did help a lot to hold it in place, but not on the finicky detail. I can guarantee that this is one lesson I won’t ever forget.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-01-2014 11:10 AM

What a clever man you are, looking good and excellent recovery method.

-- Regards Robert

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#11 posted 09-01-2014 11:24 AM

Not very clever Robert, just determined. As they say, where there’s a will there’s a way. I am cutting some repair pieces with my craft knife and sometimes 1 out of 2 is a good one. I’m hoping that average improves as I get better with the knife. It does give me a rush to know that I can fix a badly cut piece because that means that I should now be able to get a good result with this project even if it does take me quite a bit more time to do it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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