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Forum topic by Chris Davis posted 03-29-2011 12:13 AM 2389 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Davis

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03-29-2011 12:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer marquetry inlay contact cement glue backed backing help

I am starting off my Marquetry adventure with a big project. It is a murphy bed with a couple whales on the face. Here is a rendering of it:

The background will be maple, dark color will be Walnut and the reddish color will be cherry. I have a sign company making me full size templates of each piece and will cut the veneer by hand. I’ll use veneer tape and stick it all and a plywood substrate. The overall face is 62” x 82” and will be split into two sections 31” x 82”.

Here is the questions:
1. Do I need veneers with a backing?
2. My local supplier doesn’t have backed veneer. If I need backing and suggesting on who to use?
3. Can I use contact cement? I have no vac. press.
4. Any suggestion that you could give me.

I’ve done some veneering in the past, but no marquetry and have always used contact cement. Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 12:44 AM


I don’t use veneers with backing.
I use contact cement , it works out really good for me.

-- Zoltan

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 12:47 PM

Thanks. Zoli

I had someone in a private message suggest what if I took the templates and traced out with an exacto knife in 3/4” maple plywood. Take most of the bulk out with a router, then clean up the edges with a chisel. Then I could inlay it in there using yellow glue. I could put my template back on the veneer (to make it slightly thicker). By making it thicker I would ensure that it would have pressure on it when clamped. Cover it with wax paper (to keep it from sticking), plywood over that, then clamp the plywood down with 2×4’s running across it turned on end.

What do you think about this or any other suggestions?

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 11:06 PM

Use shop sawn veneers which are thicker (1/16”) than commercial veneers and cut on the double bevel with a scroll saw. Were you thinking to do Boulle or double bevel? As to glue down if it’s a large panel and you have no vac press then yeah, use contact cement. If it’s a small piece you can usually just glue it down with some waxed plywood or MDF on top and some cauls + clamps. (the wax keeps the piece from adhering to your carefully cut marquetry.

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