Laser-cut Wood Marquetry

About: Artist, Woodworker, Laser Marquetarian www.christyoates.com

Intro: Laser-cut Wood Marquetry

This video shows a wood marquetry project using Rhino CAD to set up files for laser cutting wood veneer from a photograph.  The inspiration came from photographs I took at an e-waste recycling facility.

-I used Rhino to trace the photograph, then rotated, copied, and nested each individual part within my material work area.

-There are 145 pieces in each section, the first section was mirrored, then the pair of sections rotated 9 times create a total of 18 pie-shaped sections. There are 2,610 shapes in the entire piece. The smallest shape is 1/16” square

-The individual files were laser-cut on a 100 watt laser from 1/16" thick wood veneer.

-The wood parts were assembled using low-tack painters tape on the back, then taped with veneer tape on the front and glued in a vacuum bag using epoxy.

-The framing mat surrounding the artwork is also laser-cut.

The video compresses only 40 minutes of the assembly which actually took around 40 hours; I spent another 40 hours setting up the files for laser cutting and the entire project took about 120 hours.

This instructable is entered in a contest to win a Shopbot CNC router, and votes are most appreciated!  
Click "vote" on the upper right of this page.

If I win the Shopbot, I would use the machine to cut and prototype my folding furniture which can be seen on my website www.christyoates.com




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    tonygrimes

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is wonderful work. How did you handle kerf of the laser? Did you have to expand each piece in CAD to get a snug fit?

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    wide84

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic work, Christy. I met your aunt (I believe it was) a while back at one of the many Army medical processing events, she passed along your name after I spoke about being an artist myself (designer/sculptor). I'd looked up your website at the time, this must have been while you were studying for your master's. I was impressed then, and I'm doubly impressed now, your work is really evolving, and this latest piece is purely amazing.

    If you get a moment, feel free to drop by my site and poke around.

    Cheers!

    Matt
    www.matthewlison.com

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    christyoateswide84

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Oops, sorry I never replied Matt, I haven't been on this site lately. That was probably my Aunt Heidi.Glad you enjoy my work! I visited your website, very cool! Do you use instructables much? I've racked up some "pro Memberships" and would like to share them. If you want one, email me info@christyoates.com and I'll forward the link for the 3-month pro membership. I've already got over two years worth.

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    shazni

    6 years ago on Introduction

    wow.....this is sooooo awesome! You definitely have my vote :-)
    Your site is wonderful...i have never seen such designs before.

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    pfred2

    6 years ago on Introduction

    You have a very nice laser cutter.

    I think you need to ease off the Diet Coke some. I had to turn the sound off on my PC in order to watch the video too. When you went to the e-trash site did they let you grab as much as you wanted? I'd have backed my pickup truck up and left doing a wheelie! Seeing all of that scrap electronics was quite exciting.

    I've been working on building a CNC router for quite some time now off and on. It won't be a ShopBot when I'm done but that's OK. I put articles on this site about some of the electronics I built for it. Most of it is obsolete now because you can buy it pre-assembled so cheaply anymore.