How to do Double-Bevel Marquetry

Experience Level: ANY*

Instructor: Albert Kleine
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Class Size: 5

Sessions: 2 session at 3 hours(ish) each

This course will be via Zoom.

*We would recommend having some familiarity with woodworking to take this course. 

Picture of an Albert Kleine Cherry Double-Bevel Marquetry piece

Course Description

This course is an introduction to marquetry – the practice of inlaying wood veneers to create images. While marquetry can be done with modern power tools such as CNCs and scroll saws, this class is focused on traditional methods of double-bevel marquetry using only hand tools.

The first session (or first half of a full day) will be focused on theory and process. We’ll discuss the geometry of double-bevel marquetry, go over the tools and materials, and get you started with proper sawing technique. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to inlay a piece of veneer into a backer veneer – the basic building block of all marquetry work. 

In the second session, we’ll work together hands-on using the skills we learned to create a simple leaf design for you to take home. We’ll also cover more advanced techniques like layering pieces, optimizing grain orientation, sand-shading, and considering oxidation and shrinkage for you to take your marquetry to the next level.

While this course is designed for beginners, you will learn all of the techniques you need to dive into the art and create more complex projects. Some experience with woodworking is helpful, but certainly not necessary – all skill levels are welcome!

Tools/Materials Needed*

-7 pieces of 1/16″ x 5″ x 5″ veneer**
-1 or 2 pieces of 1/4″ x 5″ x 5″ scrap wood/plywood (Baltic Birch Plywood preferred) that will serve as the backer for your design 
-A few #69 drill bits
-A couple dozen (yes dozen) 2/0 fret saw blades
-Deep throat fret saw (Eclipse brand is a good cheep brand)
-Masking tape
-Carbon paper
-Tracing paper
-Sawing donkey**
-Wood glue
-Small hammer

**Included in course cost

*If you qualify for free courses and you do not have the tools or lumber to participate in this course, please let us know in the Additional Comments of the registration form. We may be able to get these supplies for you. To see if you qualify, click HERE.

Course Cost*

$250 = includes both sessions, sawing donkey, and veneer pack 
Please include your address in the Registration Form!
*If you qualify for a free course you will not be charged for anything. Application steps are in the registration form or click HERE to see if you qualify.

Course Dates

This course if full, if you are interested in taking this course in the future. Let us know! 
June 22nd & 23rd, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST