So I was super confident that I’d finish the stands this weekend(minus final sanding and finish). Well now I’m not so sure :( I had fitted the drawers. They have a little bit more gap around the sides than I’d like but aren’t anything to be concerned over.
So anyways, things with the tops started out smoothly. First, here is how I glued up the veneers without a veneer press using Cold Press Veneer Glue. I cut two templates that are the same size as the panel being veneered and line them with wax paper and then clamp the hell out of them(I need deep throat clamps). After laying cross bracing and clamping them, I then take a curved brace and bend it down tight using clamps and spacers to press down in the center of the panel. Leave it for 4 hours and tada.
I finished adding the maple edging to the tops after the veneers dried. So far so good:
Here is Top# 1. You’ll notice the bottom left edge isn’t the same thickness. This has been corrected and the framing looks perfect now.
And Top #2 I had issues with. The edging wasn’t square so in order to bring it into square I removed a lot more material than I had wanted. It now only goes out 1/4” or so on all 4 sides of the stand. The one above(Top #1) one looks better with the thicker edging.
Notice the circle in the lower left? Yeah, thats tear out that I fixed with glue and sawdust :( I thought it would look better.
So anyways, as I was flattening and smoothing the the veneer(with the grain) using a very light cut with my smoothing plane(these are my own veneers and as such were much thicker and could be planed easily although I should have stopped with planing and moved to sander earlier than I had thought). I managed to tear out a good size piece of the veener due to a small part not being glued down that I didn’t feel before. You could imagine as soon as this happened I let loose every single curse I knew and then some. I was so upset and depressed that all the hard work I have done has just gone down the drain. The tops were PERFECT and I managed to screw them up after that fact. GREAT! FUDGE FUDGE FUDGE FUDGE FUDGE!!!!!!
I’ve been working on these stands since last December with only about 8 hour a week working on the weekends (and some time spent redoing a few other pieces). I freaked out, walked out of the garage, took some time to cool off and think straight. I didn’t know what to do so I decided to square up the edges of the missing veneer and try and fit a similar shaded piece from leftover veneer. I managed to get them to match shades, but I couldn’t get it to match grain exactly. It looks better than this pic since I smoothed it out a bit more, but its still noticeable to me. Here is it highlighted and some tearout in the center that I hope I can sand out (assuming I save these tops)
and without it circled, do you think its still very noticeable?
I also had another small tearouts in Top #1 as shown in the second pic although its much smaller and less noticeable. So now I’ve managed to screw up both tops. GREAT!! As you can imagine, I am heartbroken by this. These stands have taken over my weekends for a full year and this is what I have to show for it :(
So, what do you think?
a. Should I completely scrap the tops and redo them?
b. Do you think it will blend in better as the cherry darkens?
c. Should I keep the tops and scrape away all the veneer and redo just the veneer(although I dont know how easy it will be to get it to fit perfectly in the framing).
I still think I’m going to go ahead and start final sanding of the stands and working on the finish of them, but concerning the tops I need the help of all you pro veneerers out there. Please help. Are the tops salvagable? Thanks.
-- - Eric Noblesville, IN