A Geometry Lesson in Veneer



Part 4: Louis cubes are a simple form (really!) of parquetry that is easier to make than it looks.

By Marc Adams
Page: 38-41

From the February 2011 issue #188
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Parquetry is cutting veneer and arranging it geometrically. By cutting and taping geometric pieces
together in some fashion, a veneer project can come to life.

If we cut diamond-shaped pieces at a 60° angle we can make something called Louis cubes. Louis cubes are created by arranging three pieces of veneer together to produce the mesmerizing effects of 3-dimensional cubes. This same diamond shape can also be used to create a star arrangement. The stacking potential is
endless. I do recommend that you have at least two or more colors of veneer. Try to avoid veneers with difficult grains such as red oak, lacewood and wenge.

Video: Visit the David R. Webb veneer mill with Marc Adams.
Blog: Executive Editor Robert W. Lang takes you on a detailed trip through the Atlantic Veneer slicing operation and the Veneer Tech splicing plant.
Web Site: Explore veneering classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
To Buy: Purchase excellent veneers from Certainly Wood.
In Our Store: ” A Woodworker’s Guide to Veneering & Inlay: Techniques, Projects & Expert Advise for Fine Furniture” by Jonathan Benson.


From the February 2011 issue #188
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