A new dining room set for my wife! #37: Let the pressing begin!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-08-2011 02:26 PM 2195 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 36: Taping up the veneer. Part 37 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 38: Just a little trimming. »

Well, pressing starts today. First I have to prepare the backing to balance out the substrate to avoid warping. I don’t really think I will need it with 1” thick plywood but I’m not taking the chance at this point.

I’m using some nice wide mahogany veneer I have had for a long time.

I didn’t use any special glue, just regular yellow glue. What I did do was to glue up the back first, apply the veneer and put it into the press for about 5 minutes. Then took it back out and then did the front. This gave the back veneer time to adhere so that it would stay in place and not move while I did the top. It was not so long that it dried too fast.

It worked pretty good.

I got so caught up in the pressing that I forgot to take any pictures of the ends being pressed so you will have to settle with one of the leaves. You can see those strips I was gluing up earlier, supporting the veneer on each side.

Here’s a neat little trick for trimming something with an uneven edge. You can see on the part on the left of the picture how the veneer extends past the edge. I just use a 1” strip of wood resting on the good edge and the fence as you can see on the right. That gives me a nice straight edge to cut with.

Here you can see the ends all pressed. One has had the tape removed already.

Here is the back showing the veneer on the other side.

And last but not least the entire top laid out.

Next I have some trimming to do.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 03:12 PM

As always Gary, that’s awesome. Just let me add that, I’m glad you have a little girl…I can just see my 3 boys using that for a hot wheel race track, and drifting them around the corners- SCRRREEEEEEECHHH!

-- Jon

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 03:17 PM

Very nice work. Did you make the press? Its seriously better than the normal “bag” presses that I have seen.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 05:40 PM

What are the dog-ears on the corners for?

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 06:21 PM

Gary, It looks great!

Does the mahogany veneer go between the plywood and the top veneer?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 07:09 PM

Your table is looking sweet Gary.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 07:14 PM

I am learning a few things about veneering!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 11:26 PM

Gary Great job on the veneering.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 12:48 AM

Very nice Gary.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 04:06 AM

Well Done.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 06-09-2011 01:17 PM

Good work Gary. it’s going to be a great table.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-09-2011 04:47 PM

dbray45 – I got everything to make the press as well as the bag from Joe the woodworker's site

steviep – the corners were used to staple the veneer to keep it in place when I started the press.

lanwater – The mahogany veneer goes on the back side opposite of the face. This is done to balance the substrate. If this is not done there is a good chance the piece might bow as the glue dries. This is more of a problem the thinner the substrate is. I probably would have had that problem with 1” think plywood, but I wasn’t going to take the chance.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 06-09-2011 06:22 PM

I will go there are take a look, thank you.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#13 posted 06-09-2011 08:55 PM

Thanks Gary! You are educating me in veneering..

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 06-10-2011 11:28 PM

Vacuum press is already listed in the list. Veneering really depends on the skillful hands. I see other techniques but yours is unique specially in flattening it evenly. Thanks for the techniques

-- Bert

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