Cherry Blossom Console Table

As I posted in my last project "Cherry Leaf Console Table" the top just seemed too large for the base, this was that top. This was just the opposite from the last table in that I had to come up with a base for the already made top. I wanted to curve the legs to stay with the feel of the top and also wanted to add some of the birch from the top to tie the two together. It's been sometime since I've done any marquetry and I realize I need to hone those chops some more, but I dove in headfirst on this project. I might add this was the second time I used a curved solid wood edge on a table and that first time was 12 years ago. I was verry happy with how that part turned out.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams


dude let me step back and get my breath back !!!! wow i can only wish i could marquetry like that. maybe make the table but thats about it ! simple gorgeous ! this went right into my tables collection.

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

That is a beautiful piece, sexy legs with a nice apron, the top is wonderful with the grains and the cherry blossom. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Agree with Pottz and Eric.   Wow.    Wonderful table in all ways.  


all of the above.  Of all the things I have seen and  loved related  to wood working Marquetry it number one in beauty and awesomeness to me.. This does not disappoint. 
Welcome to Craftisian Paul!
It's great to see your beautiful work here.👍

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

Very different with all those unusual curves, which made m. look again and again. The restrained marquetry added another dimension that further focused my mind. I like it!!
Really nice table, love those curves and the quilted wood.

Beautifully done! Awesome lines and an amazing top. 

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

Wow! With each picture there was something new to appreciate. Fantastic!
WOW! Beautiful wood; original, creative design; excellent execution!  What more could anyone want?

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

I just ran across this project and it’s a great piece Tinnman. I was wondering if you could tell me how you cut out the bird and branches in such a large field?

I’m new to marquetry and there is so much to learn. Thanks for any help you can give. 

James McIntyre

James, welcome to the wonderful world of marquetry!  I know some people have long arm scroll saws or a frame saw that has a large table that can get the job done. As I don't have either I cut the parts out and carefully tape them in place on the field and then use a scalpel to cut them out. When they're taped down all you need is a light score around the piece and then you can remove them and finish the cut.  I used an Exacto knife for a long time but after using a scalpel I found there is a big difference in sharpness. Also, when you're cutting really small pieces it is a good practice to have veneer tape of some sort as a backer because those little pieces can get really fragile. I was looking for pics to show how little tape I used to hold them down, but I guess I don't have any. Here are a few pics that I took of the process and in one you can see I actually assembled the flowers on green tape so they would have a backer but then I had to cut around that tape with scissors, there has got to be a better way!  I hope that helps and if anyone else has a better or different method I would love to hear it. 

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

Tinnman thanks for the information. That a lot of fine work in those photos. I’ll give it a try. Now I need a scalpel. 

James McIntyre

That is just stunning.  The figure in the grain, marquetry, subtle shapes all just work.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

I love that design. Excellent project!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day