Fireplace Complete!

As always I intended to put up some process shots as I went but again I just never got around to sitting down at the computer.  Maybe its because I spend so much time in front of a computer.  Maybe it’s because at some points a marquetry panel is not very photogenic!

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Overall View

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Panel Detail

A few shots are below showing the process of building up the marquetry panel.  It started with a nice piece of rotary cut bird’s eye maple plywood I picked up.

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Routed groove for banding

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Banding laid in before scraping off glue

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Sketched out branches

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Branches laid out

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Sawing out lots and lots of leaves (not only am I raking the damned things, I’m cutting them out too!)

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More flippin’ leaves

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Gotta make Sweetgum balls too.  These are three layers, with the top layer made like a fan so they “radiate” from the center.

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The first leaves (which is roughly what the tree looks like outside…)

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Cutting in more leaves.  Lots of glue and cleanup still to do.

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The panel before adding stems to the leaves, veining, and cleanup.

Finish is Super Blond Shellac and wax.

This was a fun project.  Started at the beginning of July and finished by my deadline (Thanksgiving – barely…).  We even had a fire on Turkey Day and it was just, pleasant.

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