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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Book for Woodworkers
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076430237X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764302374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. P. Poletti on December 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
My (now ex-)wife made a terrible mistake one day and went with me to my local woodworking store. Bored, she sat in the book section and found this book. The next thing I know she is so excited about doing inlay work she is carrying the book around everywhere and studying every page over and over. She is asking me how well I can plane wood or if I can make veneers. (She didn't even know what planning or veneer was before.) She did her own research on the tools required. I was stunned! My wife interested in tools! :o)

The projects in this book generally follow the simple, understated Japanese. A style my wife greatly admires.

The book is full of illustrations detailing every step in the four main project presented. With eight to 12 photos per page, the projects details are presented as captions to the step by step photos. It is well organized and covers using scroll saws as well as hand fret saws.

Some may find some of photos that go along with the project a bit redundant, repeated from a previous project. I find this duplication *very* helpful and useful. Each project stands on it's own.

Frankly, I thought inlay work was a bit beyond me. I might have the patience to do 10 dovetail drawers at one sitting, but I didn't think I could ever do this. This book changed that. The techniques are presented in make anyone feel they can do real art. My wife and I "fight" for space in our shop now and I am incorporating her marquetry into my, er, our furniture projects.

I only gave it four stars because I felt that it could have done a better job introducing the tools at the beginning. If half stars were available on this rating I would give it 4 1/2. A good scroll saw book would be a good companion.
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This is a great book if you have some experience in fine woodworking. It's simple and easy to use. I'm guessing that someone with less experience might be a little intimidated, and someone else that has a bit of marquetry experience might be a bit bored. The book includes good tool and equipment requirements and set-up. The plans in the back are pretty handy and you can photocopy them, make them larger or smaller, and it's pretty easy to figure out ways to modify them.
I didn't love this and slap a 5 star rating down only because it seems to have a finish line instead of any further guidance to increase skills or advance if you have marquetry experience and want to learn more. I would have also enjoyed the gallery at the end of the book if it was strictly marquetry projects (with detail photos of the author's work). Although I will say that it was neat to see one of the projects outlines in the book in a larger setting of fine furniture.
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Having just received the book and after having read the "how-to" and skimmed through the example projects, I can agree with the 2-star review from the perspective of someone who already has some experience with marquetry. However, for someone new to the topic, this book is a very good introduction to the craft. It has excellent examples and clear descriptions with good step-by-step process details supported with many color photos. Troubleshooting are included, as well. It has pretty much everything needed to help the initiate be successful in short order. Not for the experienced marquetarian.

It covers:
Species selection with some sample photos of species used in the projects covered within the book
Scroll saw setup and usage
Fret saw table and usage
Detailed bandsaw setup for resawing
Resawing cutting procedures
Tools, Materials, and Supplies
Good coverage of double-bevel cutting "how-to" with the scroll and fret saw
Hot sand shading
Sample projects with detailed step-by-step procedures start to finish.

Again, if you're already experienced in this craft, this book might not be of much value you.
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I bought this because other reviewers mentioned that it would be good for a beginner. That would be me! I haven't tried this out yet but the book is well illustrated and comes with the patterns for the few projects. Good detail is presented on how to do basic marquetry. I purchased this book used and it is definatley worth what I paid for it and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get started in this craft.
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By GH on September 19, 2013
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This book effectively shows you how to do marquetry either with a scroll saw or a hand saw. It is illustrated in great detail with many color photographs. It illustrates a few projects from start to finish, but you can learn from these examples while applying the skills to your own designs. A very useful book if you have the patience to attempt this art.
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First, this is a book for beginners. It provides the step-by-step instruction to get beginners started on the right path and keep them interested. It gives the basic tools needed and then explains as well as shows their use. The Author does a great job of explaining double-bevel cutting, sand shading, and the use of scroll and fret saws. I joined a marquetry club six months ago and this book fills in what would probably take at least two years of meetings and shows to learn. I may eventually outgrow it, but it has already earned a place on my reference shelf. .
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