Did I miss something…

With the marquetry panels shipped out, it came to my attention that one did not contain its care tag. This is typically a single page write-up that I include with all of my pieces explaining when and where it was made, materials used, and care and repair instructions. Since these items stand to survive beyond their original owner, if properly cared for, it helps the next woodworker to know with what they’re dealing. At least that’s the intent…

On the chance that this wasn’t an isolated case (sorry), I thought I’d post a PDF copy of that document here.

For a custom client piece, this page gets printed (in a reduced format), laminated, then fastened to it in an inconspicuous area (which the patron is unlikely to encounter in “normal” use) with double-stick tape. I also hand them a full-sized version during delivery. With luck, it won’t get tossed aside, and ignored like almost every product instruction sheet!

Panels Ready for Shipment

Except for about a dozen, the marquetry panels are complete. I’ll start mailing them out Monday. If you haven’t already updated your mailing address with Kickstarter, let me know before then. Otherwise, someone living at your previous address will receive a surprise. 🙂

A request for my Kickstarter backers…

Four sets of pieces that will compose the marquetry panels

Excuse me for a moment while I speak to my Kickstarter backers…

A long time ago, you helped me start this project by funding its materials. The reward for one of these support levels was a framed marquetry panel. Since last December, I’ve focused my efforts on producing the marquetry panels for your reward. I’m getting close to sending this to you, but I need to ask a favor. Please verify your mailing address with Kickstarter. This is the address to which I’ll ship. If it’s incorrect it’ll result in further delays, and you’ve already waited long enough.

With these out the door, I plan to concentrate on creating the final version of the table. Keep watching this site for further details. Thank you again for your consideration, patience, and support of this project.

Dyeing veneer: The drying processs

I’ve mentioned previously that nature does not provide all of the colors desired to compose a design. In these cases, you’ve got two options:

  1. Get creative, and stylize your design to work with the palette at hand, or
  2. Use dyed veneer.

The video below shows my process after the veneer is removed from the dye bath. It needs to be pressed dry to prevent mould, and kept flat. I hope it will provide a bit of insight into the process.

Once the veneer is dry, I’ll glue newsprint to the front (show) side to provide structure during the cutting phase.

Making without measuring

It is completely possible to make a piece of furniture without using a ruler, or tape measure! Want to learn how? Then join me at the John C. Campbell Folk School on 5-7 July for Making Without Measuring: A Dovetailed Flag Box. Using a few basic tools, I will show you how to create a full-scale drawing which we will then use throughout the building process.

The class title also mentions dovetails. Typically, we encounter dovetails when perpendicular members meet, think drawers or boxes. In the United States, the flag is folded into a triangular shape. So, how are we going to handle this? (Hint: think isosceles triangle, which is not necessarily a right-triangle.) Through a change in perspective. I will guide you through this process.

Plus, we will develop new skills and get to use some cool hand tools! Register here!