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Synopsis: The unbelievable marquetry designs of Craig Stevens could seem out of attain, however the best way he explains the double-bevel approach makes it appear fully doable. This course of ensures a perfect-fitting marquetry design. Mainly, you tape the background veneer and the insert veneer collectively, and lower them each without delay on an angled floor. That’s the straightforward half. It’s Craig’s artistry that sends it hovering.

Years in the past, after I had the great fortune to review below James Krenov, the ornamental artwork of marquetry caught my creativeness. Marquetry linked my longstanding pursuits in drawing and artwork with the woodworking abilities I used to be studying. Via trial and error, I developed a manner of working that blended the normal double-bevel marquetry methodology with the thick hand-sawn veneers that we realized to make at The Krenov College. I’ve loved including marquetry to my woodworking ever since.

Defining the double-bevel approach

sawing donkey
Shopmade sawing floor. Construct a sawing donkey to carry the work as you narrow with the fretsaw. The swiveling high of the donkey creates the bevel angle.

Merely put, double-bevel marquetry includes taping collectively two items of veneer—the background veneer and the insert veneer—and slicing each without delay in order that the opening you create within the background veneer and the piece you’ll insert into it are equivalent in dimension and form. That’s the double a part of the approach. As for the bevel half, the background veneer is on high as you noticed, and the insert piece from the underside veneer replaces the piece straight above it, bringing a brand new coloration or grain sample to the picture. Since you make the cuts with the noticed desk tilted, each the background and insert items are beveled on their edges. With simply the appropriate bevel angle, the sawkerf is totally eradicated and the match of the marquetry items is ideal.

The double-bevel approach is good for making a single exactly becoming marquetry design. As a result of the work is lower at an angle, just one insert piece may be made at a time. Different marquetry strategies allow you to stack veneers and lower multiples of the identical form without delay; however they received’t match seamlessly like items lower with the double-bevel approach.

What veneers are greatest for marquetry?

using tracing paper to create marquetry design
Develop the drawing in phases. Stevens works on paper by way of a number of iterations to develop his design. He usually makes use of tracing paper to repeat the components of a drawing he likes, then redraws the remaining. With the completed drawing laid over a sheet of graphite paper, Stevens traces every line with a stylus to switch the design to the background veneer.

I slice my very own veneers for marquetry from stable inventory, sawing the sheets simply over 1⁄16 in. thick on the bandsaw. I like working with thick veneer as a result of the customarily small marquetry items are much less delicate when you find yourself sawing, dealing with, and gluing them, and there’s loads of thickness for scraping and sanding when the sample is full. Sawing your individual veneers additionally permits you to use scrapwood that may in any other case go to waste. As well as, while you add marquetry to furnishings, you’ll be able to noticed the veneers for the marquetry from the identical stable inventory you utilize for the piece itself, producing excellent grain and coloration matches.


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