Synopsis: Using rye or wheat straw rather than wooden veneers to create marquetry patterns on furnishings has been round for hundreds of years. Straw marquetry, because it’s recognized, makes use of break up and flattened straws utilized within the conventional method to embellish wooden surfaces. The apply includes some various kinds of instruments and strategies, and the outcomes could be beautiful. Learn to do it with these directions from Gerard Williams.
Straw marquetry is an historical method that has come out and in of vogue over the previous few centuries. It’s conventional marquetry that makes use of rye or wheat straw rather than wooden veneers. Jean-Michel Frank’s historic “Spherical Marquetry Desk” is a wonderful introduction to fundamental straw marquetry strategies.
The primary straw line units the stage
Earlier than working with the straw you could break up it, soak it, and flatten it. Because the straw dries, it unfolds simply sufficient to stop it from cracking beneath the strain of your veneer hammer or flattening instrument.
You’ll glue down the straw strip by slim strip. To start, apply simply sufficient glue to the substrate to totally cowl the realm the place the primary piece of straw will go. On this desk, we’re beginning with the legs. Apply glue and an extended piece of straw alongside one fringe of a leg’s aspect face. Lay the piece so it overhangs the sting a fraction of an inch; you’ll take away that later. Press the piece down firmly with a bone folder.
Then take your longer ruler and slice a straight line from prime to backside, parallel to the sting of the leg. Don’t take away the ruler after slicing. Depart it in place and attain for the flat X-Acto knife. Referencing the sting of the ruler, peel away the surplus straw with the knife. The subsequent piece of straw will butt towards this edge you’ve created. Lastly, use the scalpel to take away the straw overhanging the sting of the leg.
Apply extra glue and place the subsequent piece of straw as shut as potential to the road simply minimize. Together with your fingers barely overhanging the sting of the straw, pull it over and you’ll really feel it butt up towards the straw that’s already been utilized. This course of is tactile, not visible. For those who can’t really feel the straw form of lock into place, it’s unlikely to be correct. Repeat this course of till you’ve coated the rear and aspect faces of all 4 legs.
Assemble and canopy the entrance of the legs and apron
Subsequent you’ll assemble the desk, and use a handplane and sanding block to form the sq. entrance of the legs to match the light curve of the round prime. Then apply straw to the outer face of every leg and the apron above it.
Whenever you end the legs, transfer on to the apron sections between the legs. When chopping overhanging ends of straw items flush with the substrate, deal with slicing down. For those who simply pull the scalpel throughout the straw it’ll tear out.
As soon as the legs and aprons are fully coated and the straw is all trimmed flush, do a remaining sanding with a sanding block, pushing towards the middle of the desk.
From Wonderful Woodworking #295
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