Marquetry, the Italian Way
There is no faster or easier method
Synopsis: Paul Schurch learned marquetry in a furniture shop in Italy, and the techniques of knife-cutting, packet-cutting, and contour-cutting that he uses make it possible to produce any design more quickly and easily than other methods. Packet-cutting is simply stacking various veneers on top of each other and scrollsawing the pattern simultaneously in both the background and the picture veneers. You then select the right pieces and reassemble them like a puzzle. Learn how he does it, and turn to Master Class to see how to use the classic technique of sand-shading to add shadows to your designs.
From Fine Woodworking #225
I didn’t know much about marquetry when I got my first big table job in California in 1989. I decided to inlay the solid maple top with wood and stone designs by shaping the inlay, routing out the background, gluing the inlay into the recess, and sanding it flush.…