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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #12: Sides Marquetry incrustation

I have been back full time on our boxes for over a week now so I have some progress to report.
I have been selecting veneer out of our veneer cellar for the ebony background.

From the experience of the previous series I paperbacked the ebony as it is a very brittle wood. Better be safe than sorry

Then built the packs in 4 layers without forgetting the grease paper, one of my specialty in the mistake department. Teaching marquetry has been a great help as by reminding the students to not forget it, it seems I myself stopped forgetting to insert it.

When the packs are made I glue the design on

another lesson from the previous series is to drill the packs for the nails. So on this project I used red for the bridges, to be really visible, blue for the nails and a red dot for the entry points.

Next step is to cut the background on the chevy. Ebony is really tough on the blades, very abrasive.

I am cutting all the line away because I really do not want to have to trim the ebony, which may happen if I am to greedy for precision.

Everything is kept inside the pack with tape to keep the integrity of the pack and avoid breaking any piece of the fragile background.

When I am done cutting I remove the tape and carefully remove the plugs of waste.

Then I open the pack layer by layer. I keep the rest pressed at all time to avoid hygrometric variations, as I said before, I really do not want to have to trim my ebony. Also everything is kept in a tray as precaution until I am done incrusting a panel, you sometime do not know right away if you have broken a piece.

16 marquetry panels, some of them are on the other side of the assembly boards, 4 times 4 sides.

The green bone are still in the dye I will incrust them later

An I really like some of Patrick choices for the color palette, I think we improved from the first series, we always learn.

Next step, cutting the tops backgrounds and this is going to be a really difficult job. In yellow, the bone element, in green the green bone leaves and in blue the isolated background elements that I have to bridge in place and carefully keep.

This is a really exiting project
-- Patrice lejeune

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Biedermeier/30s Table #4 - Almost done

Last time I posted on that project I was steam bending my mouldings.

The columned were veneered in a previous post.

Since this post we had another job to do a video on veneering column with Liquid Hide Glue that we posted on our Old Brown Glue playlist on youtube, we are pretty proud of it.

The columns were turned with groves to allow for black rings.

The rings were turned in cherry dyed and broken to be glued in place. I rather break than cut as it will not change the dimensions and also the break will glue back perfectly to its original place.

With that done the base was ready

One last steam bending, I used the apron to steam bend the mouldings for the apron and the top to be sure not to damage my top veneer.

What I love about hide glue and particularly Old Brown Glue, as it is so easier to work with on big glueings, is that I can mess up. Here the moulding was not flush so a bit of water a hot iron and hop! Done.

We have bolts going through each columns to connect with the top. We had a plate made by our friend Jesus who makes our chevalet kits for the school.

The plate was inserted in the capital with a wooden piece on top to allow for more glue surface.

Then the capital was glued to the table.

Leaving access to the bolt, hopefully rightly placed.

We found some nice original rails for a round table in our parts room nicely called the graveyard. We can pick up dead bones there and resurrect them in furniture.

The base is bolted on for a test run.

Then surprisingly enough it does not tip off, it is flat and everything open and close like a charm!

So couple touchups and sanding here and there and it is off for finishing, which will be the next and last post on that job!
-- Patrice lejeune