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Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 9:35 AM
Thought I'd share my first attempt at larquetry. Definitely not on the level of others here, but I am happy with the piece. This is a sample piece and the customer provided the artwork, veneer, and chose grain direction. The veneer was already adhered to a backer panel so that made it easier to work with. Overall thickness 0.05. The finish isn't perfect but the customer will be spraying the finish so that really isn't an issue. As you walk past the variations in the Bubinga look like waves. Overall size is 24 x 13.75.


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Dee Gallo
09-15-2010, 9:44 AM
That's quite a bit of detail, Belinda! Pretty ambitious for your first time.

You did a great job with it - what are they using it for?

I love the wood, it's beautiful - dee

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 9:47 AM
Thanks Dee! I sent you a note regarding where it is going to be installed. Can't really say publicly as the boss would have my head. The customer is very particular about things like that!

Martin Boekers
09-15-2010, 9:53 AM
Nice work!

The Bubinga is incredible, quite curly!

I've turned some pens from Bubinga but nothing
that curly with so much movement!

Marty

Dan Hintz
09-15-2010, 9:57 AM
Man, how come I never get cool jobs like that?!

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 10:02 AM
Marty,

I have a stack of veneer about three feet high. Some of it has incredible figure to it. I guess I was just intimidated by larquetry. Now I'm itching to go back through the stack and see what I actually have and what I want to do with it. :)

Dan Ashlin
09-15-2010, 10:06 AM
Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is larquetry?

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 10:06 AM
Dan,

I don't have the job yet, so keep your fingers crossed. I've got several hours in the sample and those I didn't get paid for. IF I get the job I will be doing about one of the pieces a month, different combinations of wood on each more than likely.

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 10:13 AM
Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is larquetry?

A phrase coined by Davie Fifield to denote laser cut marquetry.

Phyllis Meyer
09-15-2010, 10:30 AM
Cool Job Belinda! You go girl!

Phyllis:)

Paul Brinkmeyer
09-15-2010, 10:45 AM
Great job, here's hoping you get the order.

George Beck
09-15-2010, 10:51 AM
OUTSTANDING! That is a lot of work. Lots of patience.

Bully for you for tackling a new style.

Mike Null
09-15-2010, 10:59 AM
Beautiful work Belinda. Looks like hours of fitting and a good bit of engraving time.

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 11:50 AM
Beautiful work Belinda. Looks like hours of fitting and a good bit of engraving time.

No engraving. 7.37 minutes each to vector the male and female parts. It did take a couple of hours to fit.

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 11:50 AM
Thanks all!

Andrew Mammoliti
09-15-2010, 12:17 PM
I am not getting how this was made? All vector cut only? No laser rastering?

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 12:29 PM
Andrew,

The dark wood parts (Wenga) were vector cut. The same pattern was cut and removed from the lighter wood (Bubinga). The Wenga parts were then inserted into the cutouts in the Bubinga.

Viktor Voroncov
09-15-2010, 1:44 PM
Looking on picture from the beginning, I thought it was engraving. Want say "Ha - usual work:)"
But later I understood that this is vector cutting, save images, look on it with zoom - perfect work, Belinda!

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 2:31 PM
Thank you, Viktor! :)

Andrew Mammoliti
09-15-2010, 3:14 PM
Thanks all!

What lens spot size did you use 0.003 or other size?

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 3:43 PM
Yes, 0.003.

Frank Corker
09-15-2010, 4:28 PM
Its a lovely job Belinda. Next time are you going to do the different countries in different veneers? Just kidding, but lovely job!

Andrew Mammoliti
09-15-2010, 4:42 PM
Yes, 0.003.

What about the space lost from the vector cut? How did you fill the little gaps?
And how do you keep the pcs from falling out of the main board?

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 4:47 PM
Its a lovely job Belinda. Next time are you going to do the different countries in different veneers? Just kidding, but lovely job!

Thank you Frank. Actually, yes, the next one will probably have different colors for different countries (I'm already practicing pulling my hair out!). The artwork provided by the customer does have some missing islands, and I think it would have looked better if the Great Lakes and some other bodies of water were shown but they didn't ask for my opinion. :D

Belinda Williamson
09-15-2010, 4:52 PM
What about the space lost from the vector cut? How did you fill the little gaps?
And how do you keep the pcs from falling out of the main board?

The original artwork was used to vector the male pieces. The vector lines were then offset to the inside by 0.0085 to vector the female part, the background. The veneer was secured with strips of two sided tape to a sheet of MDF.

Mike Chance in Iowa
09-15-2010, 8:47 PM
Beautiful work Belinda! You never cease to amaze me.

John A. Callaway
09-16-2010, 9:30 AM
Just a guess here...but I think this would look good inside a Gulfstream jet....?

Belinda Williamson
09-16-2010, 9:46 AM
It probably would . . . never thought of that.

James & Zelma Litzmann
09-16-2010, 10:32 AM
Belinda, you work is absolutley beautiful!

Andrea Weissenseel
09-17-2010, 3:45 AM
No engraving. 7.37 minutes each to vector the male and female parts. It did take a couple of hours to fit.

I know what you talking about :D

That looks really great Belinda, I cross my fingers too. Did you put some finish on the sample - because it look so glossy ?

Cheers, Andrea

Belinda Williamson
09-17-2010, 6:42 AM
Thanks again all!

Andrea, three coats of high gloss finish were applied.