Did you do a double take when you saw this coaster? It is actually marquetry, the craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures.
Use this technique to make a workshop sign. Here are the free step-by-step instructions with pictures.
In this page I share with you a large collection of free scroll saw fretwork patterns. I have carefully scanned them and transformed them into pdf files. These patterns were published long ago in Hobbies fretwork magazine. They are offered here with permission of the present Copyright holders, Hobbies Limited. Project# 2188.
The completed articles are roughly the same style as the previous pairs which have been produced, and form excellent mural decorations for billiard room, club room, lounge, etc. The panel is composed of a background of mahogany upon which is the central panel work of the inlaid picture itself. Project # 1694.
Below and above the picture is a shaped projecting ledge which serves to throw the picture itself in greater relief. Below the lower ledge we have the simple overlay containing the date, whilst at the top of the picture and above the upper ledge we have an overlay holding in place the small circular beveled mirror. The general construction, therefore, is simple, as there are no joints to fix, and all the positions are ruled by the placing of the one central inlaid panel. Project #1708.
The process is a little longer than the cutting of ordinary fretwork, but as every part of the wood is used we can make up four distinct panels at one operation. The letters on each part represent one of the woods we are using, and by fitting the various pieces together, much as we should a jigsaw, a panel of multicoloured, but very attractive parts, is made up. Project #1701.
In continuation of the series of inlaid panels representing the historical uniforms of the British Army, we bring the pictures up to pre-war period by introducing this week the dates of 1870 and 1910. Project # 1716.
Australian Woodsmith is a practical magazine for all woodworkers. From Issue 47. The marquetry technique I used on the box lid involves cutting out a pattern on the panel and then replacing the piece with small inlays of other kinds of wood to form a design or picture. All you need is a scroll saw, some small pieces of wood, and a bit of patience.
Making accent stripes which are a little more complex than a single strip that contrasts with the basic hull color is not difficult, but it does take some thought and a little extra time.