A scan from Lawrence Threadgold's Beginning Picture Marquetry shows what I will hopefully end up with. The artistic process begins with the selection of the veneer. Included in this work are Mohogany, Maple,Bloodwood, Zebrawood,Walnuts, and others selected for their color and grain pattern.
Once the veneer is selected, it is assembled into a packet which will be cut by hand using a 00 jewelry blade on the chevalet.
Here is the reverse pattern that I will use to help assemble the picture once the individual pieces are cut.
Here is the front pattern which gets glued onto the front of the packet and gets cut up during the cutting process.
Coming along nicely, pieces which are part of the picture get placed in position on the reverse pattern.
All the other pieces which were cut at the same time but are extra are put off to the side. There are a lot of pieces which are left over. Keeping track of what pieces are needed and which ones are extra is important!
Cutting the packet on the chevalet. Starting the center and working out to the edges keeps the packet stable and the veneers in their correct locations.
Finished cutting. Took a few hours and was very enjoyable. Since all the pieces were cut at once on the chevalet, and the chevalet is properly adjusted to keep the blade at 90 deg to the packet, all pieces fit together exactly with just a very small kerf around their edges.
The gaps you see here will be closed up when the picture gets glued down to the panel. I have not yet decided what I am going to do with this piece. I may just frame it and hang it on my wall, or incorporate it into a box or serving tray design.
Lots of little small pieces of veneer left over from cutting, I am going to keep these as you never know when a small piece will be needed for a future project.
At the end of the cutting, nothing but the edges of the packet remain on the chevalet.
Picture assembled from the back with Scotch Blue tape - the delicate surface type is best for this work
Assembly complete after Marquetry tape applied to the front to hold it all together and blue tape removed.
Small gaps between pieces will be filled when applied to a future project.
I'm pleased with the the way it turned out. I think it will make a nice box top in the future.