Shop Made Sawing Donkey For Marquetry

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I’m going to try Marquetry. I bought a fret saw and blades from Lee Valley. Did some research and decided I needed a sawing donkey.

Here are some photos of my work process. It’s a simple build and all wood was from cutoffs from several old projects.

These are the parts laid out on my bench.

Some photos of the assembly.



I used a level and an angle finder to set the top for the double bevel cuts. The screws in the top keep the magnets in the Klein level and angle finder in place.

Once I determine the correct bevel I’ll drill holes for dowels to lock in the angle.

Searching on line I found this plan. I can’t make out some of the measurements so I used my own.

If anyone building one of these and needs the measurements I’ll post the measurements I used.


No, that’s not me. The last three photos are from Fine Woodworking. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

James McIntyre

14 Comments

ill be curious as to what pauls (shipwright) thoughts are about this. id love to try it someday.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Me too Pottz. And also Madburg. 

James McIntyre

It’s a really interesting sub-catergory, or really its own category, that I’d love to learn about someday. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Thanks RyanGi. I’ll be trying for the first time. I hope it’s good enough to post. 

James McIntyre

Nice little addition for the bench, looks like it will be useful. And the idea of the pin to set the angle will help out too. Something I have not ventured into. Well Done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Looks like it’ll get you started, James! Marquetry is a rabbit hole I’ve avoided so far, but one of these days…

May you have the day you deserve!

Thanks Eric yup, gonna giver a try. 

Thanks Dave. Now that you mention it I may be going down the rabbit hole. I’ll poke my head out once in a while to work on something else. 

It would be nice to add it to some of my projects.  


James McIntyre

Welcome to marquetry. It is a rabbit hole I went down about twelve years ago and I’m still learning. My hat is off to you starting with this setup. It is one of the most difficult ways to cut marquetry but it is used by some of the best marqueteurs I know.
The tilting table is interesting. Most of the people I know who cut this way either cut square to the surface in packet styles or establish the bevel by hand position.
I wish you the best of luck with it and will always be around to help if you have questions I can answer.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Looks like a handy surface to work from.  
now james promise to show us whatever you do, good or bad, it's good education to know what a beginner goes through in the learning process. good luck with it. ill be watching.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

paul i think you said you started out doing it on a scroll saw ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Great addition JeMI...

All that's missing is a less obtrusive way of mounting to your bench,


TSO, not Bessey...

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Thanks Shipwright I will take you up on your generous offer.  

Thanks Swift. 

LBD. Thanks  Sense I don’t have dog holes in my bench because I use it for larger drawers I’ll try to come up with something less intrusive. 

Pottz HaHaHa. You made me laugh. I will post what ever I try. It’s seems I’ve been trying new things ever since I signed up here. Raised letter carving and Celtic knot carving now Marquetry.  
What’s happening to me?

James McIntyre

Shipwright I do have questions for you. When you cut out the insert piece along with a background field, which piece do you tape on top?

What size blade should I use on appropriately 3/16” / 4.8 mm thick mahogany? 
Thanks. 

James McIntyre