Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Laser Marquetry: The Future of Veneering with Marc Adams

Dates: 7/16/2016 - 7/16/2016
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $150
Deposit: $50

This workshop will not be about how to select a laser as much as how to use one to cut veneer. Although lasers are still pretty pricy, it is amazing what can be done with one. Over the last nine years, Marc has spent a lot of time developing techniques to scan a drawing and convert it into lines that the laser can read. Using a laser to cut veneer means that an image has to be programmed in ways that make marquetry sense, for example, deciding the depth of an image by separating the background from the packets and then making it all fit together in a logical sequence. The big challenge is how to cut any veneer (wrinkly or burly) with total accuracy and repeatability and without burning the edges. There will be a discussion of laser settings, handling veneers, arranging the packets, using contact paper, making the packets after they have been cut and reverse taping. These techniques are slightly different than what would typically be done when making traditional marquetry packets. Cutting veneer with a laser can be tricky, but Marc will show you ways to cut it accurately with great repeatability, as well as how to get perfect fits. PS: This is NOT a CorelDraw class.

Key Points:

  • Laser discussion
  • Focusing tools
  • Scanning an image and converting it to vector lines
  • Tricks to holding the veneer flat
  • Making a marquetry image

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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