I do marquetry.
I just finished a piece it’s called, “Moon, Mountain, Tree.” This was done as part of a beginner’s class at the Nor-Cal Marquetry Club – a chapter of the American Marquetry Society
My latest project has been buying some new tools for my marquetry shop. When I joined the AMS I invested in some basic hand tools and supplies but have decided to add a couple of things to my tool kit.
My shop space is small for more on that see my shop page.
The first was a new scroll saw. I bought the DeWalt DW788 20-inch variable speed. This was one of the ones they had at the AMS class and I liked it. After looking at other models and prices this was the one that had the best price/performance ration for me. This is a hobby for me and the DeWalt is a good saw for the money. It’s a good sized saw and likely big enough for the small projects I’ll be doing. I’ll be using it for double bevel marquetry. And I have a couple of non-marquetry projects I’ll be doing with it.
I also bought a vacuum press from http://www.veneersupplies.com/(aka Joe Wood Worker). I got one of their smaller kits and a 4’x4’ vinyl vacuum bag. I’ve been told I could possibly have saved some money here by piecing the kit together from different sources and making my own bag. The trade off is time and knowledge. With a couple of clicks I ordered the full kit and it arrived a few days later with complete assembly and operating instructions. Plus if anything went wrong I knew I could call Veneer Supplies and get help. I am very happy with this press. It took maybe 45 minutes to assembly and test (much of that just unboxing and reading the directions). I also purchased some of my supplies and hand tools from Joe. They also sell veneers but I haven’t bought any from them yet.
The hand tools I already have are:
- Veneer saw
- DeWalt scroll saw with blade sizes from 5 down to 3/0
- X-acto knife (#11 blades)
- Scalpel – #3 handle with #11 blades
- Various glue bottles
- Cutting mat
- Veneer roller
- Steel rulers
- Small steel framing square
There are a few supplies I’ve picked up too some are:
- Veneer tape
- Painter’s tape
- Appi tape (a low tack tape)
- White glue
- Cold press glue
- Veneer softener
My basic supply of veneers I purchased from http://www.certainlywood.com/
They sell a Maquetarian’s package which is a random sample of lots of veneers. Mostly small stuff but nearly 100 square feet of veneer – perfect for starter kit and more than enough for several marquetry pieces. If you’re just starting out, this is a great package to get.
This is a tissue box that I did:
and a chess board I did:
I took a class on marquetry on wood turnings. Here are a couple of pictures: