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Can laser cutting be an alternative technique for marquetry completion in furniture conservation?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Carl Malmsten - furniture studies.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Kan laserskuren intarsia vara en alternativ teknik för komplettering i möbelkonservering? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study describes experiments and findings of an investigation to evaluate the use of laser cutting as an alternative to traditional sawing techniques in marquetry completion conservation.

Experiments on veneer from 11 different species of wood, covering ring porous, semi-diffuse/-ring porous and diffuse porous woods, were carried out and examined. The optimal cutting metrics with respect to speed, power and frequency for the types of wood were determined. The most important ethical question for a conservator is to be able to preserve as much as original material as possible. The results of this project show that the use of a laser cutting machine is indeed a suitable solution to produce replacement veneer for marquetry works in furniture conservation with respect to quality and time. Especially when it comes to the precision in the shape of the replacement piece, laser cutting is superior to hand sawing. This makes laser cutting an interesting option and reduces the need for expert skills in hand sawing in order to perform very detailed completion work. It also reduces the need of invasive work on the original marquetry to accommodate the replacement piece.

The findings are general for all of the examined types of wood. On the negative side, the laser cutting machine requires a relatively big initial investment, making it difficult to say if it is really a cost-effective method of cutting replacement veneer pieces.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med projektet är att hitta en alternativ metod för att producera kompletteringsbitar av fanér till gamla intarsiaobjekt. En lämplig metod ska vara tids- och kostnadseffektiv, hållbar och reversibel.

Laserskärning innebär stora möjligheter att kraftigt reducera tid och kostnad vid komplettering av intarsia, vilket möjliggör för flera möbelägare att låta utföra en professionell konservering av sina historiska objekt. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
marquetry, laser, veneer, completion, furniture conservation, consolidation, handsawn
Keyword [sv]
intarsia, fanér, komplettering, möbelkonservering, konsolidation, handsågad
Keyword [es]
marquetería, chapa, complemento, conservación, madera, muebles, consolidación
National Category
Cultural Studies Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71519ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-G--11/00267--SEOAI: diva2:450343
Subject / course
Carl Malmsten - furniture studies
Educational program
Programme for Teacher Education, Linköping
2011-05-31, Carl Malmsten-Furniture Studies, Larsbergsvägen 8, Lidingö (Stockholm), 13:15 (Swedish)
Fine Art
Available from: 2011-11-07 Created: 2011-10-20 Last updated: 2011-11-07Bibliographically approved

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