with Rich Gady
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Artistic Marquetry Techniques

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Advance your woodworking projects with beautiful detail and impressive marquetry techniques. Award-winning woodworker and professional instructor Rich Gady will share essential techniques for marquetry and parquetry as you learn to choose a design, select appropriate wood and even use the right cutting tool for your project. Find out how to change the tone of your piece and achieve an alluring 3-D effect using sand shading. Then, learn how to cut stunning geometric shapes like diamonds, hexagons and Louis cubes. Get helpful techniques for assembling, vacuum pressing and gluing your pieces together. Finally, sand and oil your piece to make it ready for a finish of your choice. Plus, Rich will show you how to troubleshoot common marquetry, parquetry and veneer problems for projects that are heavy on satisfaction — not frustration!


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h23m

Included in this Class

1. Design

1. Design

Meet your instructor, marquetry artist Rich Gady, and learn about the difference between marquetry and parquetry, then choose a photo that will be the basis for your design. You'll consider image qualities such tonal values and types of shapes that will translate well into marquetry. Rich also explains the order of assembly for marquetry pieces.

2. Selecting Veneers

2. Selecting Veneers

Rich walks you through choosing the right veneer for each part of your composition. You'll select veneers of a similar thickness, then consider color and grain type. See how Rich auditions a variety of wood types for the components of a farm scene -- sky, barn roof, brick silo, grass, fence posts -- before he begins transferring his design lines to the veneers he's chosen.

3. Cutting Veneers

3. Cutting Veneers

With your design lines transferred to the veneer, it's time to cut. Rich discusses the variety of hand tools you can use and demonstrates how to cut small veneer pieces to size. If you prefer power tools for the larger pieces, you'll get pointers for scroll-saw cutting. Rick also shares the sand-shading technique for slightly charring your veneer to define its edges.

Recommended with this class

  • Veneer saw