Someone in the last blog asked about the vacuum pump I would be using. Well, it’s your standard one I made from the plans found at Joe the Woodworkers's site.
It works great.
Here I’m gluing up one of the table top ends.
And here they are all done with one more in the press.
The last part in the press. It’s one of the leaves.
Here I’m clamping some spacers I will use to support the veneer that I will leave a little long when gluing in the press.
I will wax them and put them at the front and back edges. They will keep the press from bending the veneer over the edge of the top. There is no way to perfectly line up the veneer with the edge of the top so I will leave it long.
Before I apply veneer I will trim the pieces to the exact length and leave about 1/4” on each side for trimming later. Now you might ask why I just don’t cut the entire thing to size.
Well, there’s two reasons. First, like I said above it will give me some room to trim.
Secondly and the most important part is that I will drill 1/8” holes through the veneer and into the top once I have the veneer positioned exactly where I want it.
I will put little 1/8” dowels in the holes pegging the veneer in place to keep it from sliding around when in the press.
Since I will trim this off afterward, you won’t even know they were used.
Now you are asking yourself, why I just don’t the that to all four sides? Well, I want those two finished edges as my references when doing the veneer.
Next I should be starting the veneering. Right now I am experimenting with my choice of veneers and how I plan on finishing them.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX