step now is to
clean up the rear of the veneer picture ready to glue it
to the baseboard. So, remove any tape or glue blobs from
the rear of the picture, give it a light sanding with
slightly coarse abrasive papers (about 150 grit) and if
you have a press or similar available have it ready.
If you don’t have access to a press there are a number
of alternatives you can use, the first being yourself!
What I mean by this is that you can place a flat piece
of wood sheet or anything wide enough and flat, on top
of your glued and mounted picture and then stand on top
of it for about an hour or until the glue has had time
to “grab” the surfaces of the veneers and baseboard
Another alternative is to sandwich your picture, glue
and baseboard between two stout boards (put the picture
and baseboard in a plastic bag to prevent any glue
leaking out and gluing your picture to the “pressing”
boards) and then place this sandwich between the jaws of
several G clamps placed fairly equally around the
assembly, this method works quite well.
Obviously if you
have access to a proper marquetry press use that as it
has all the requirements needed built into it.
But anyhow, as this lesson has been devoted to guiding
you through the basics of making the preparations for
selecting and cutting and assembling your first
marquetry picture, we will come on to the finishing of
your picture (that is the sanding, pressing and
varnishing stages) in a later update of these pages.
However if you feel confident enough to have a try at
some advanced finishing methods have a look at “Horrie’s
finishing secrets” by clicking on the following link:
Varnishing with Horrie.
To help you with
this tutorial we have enlarged the demonstration
pictures and placed them in a small "movie" sequence to
illustrate the marquetry stages a little more clearly.
To view this movie just click this link
We also have a small
movie of a marquetry picture of an Eagle being assembled
in veneer stages from blocking in through to the fine
detail. The picture builds itself on screen. To watch it