Blondie's Bridal Chest #4: Starting the Veneering for the 11 Panels.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 03-11-2013 10:33 PM 2440 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Cutting the 45's and Gluing the Legs Together. Part 4 of Blondie's Bridal Chest series Part 5: Press Remake for Veneering Panels »

I had a busy week that stopped me from getting much done in the Woodshop. Between work and the Fred Hall Fishing Show and some unexpected plumbing issues under the house not a lot got done.

Panels rough cut awaiting veneer

I squared up the leg ends and ensured the legs were all square and dimensionally matched one another. I then started on making 3 cold press clamps set-ups. I had 4 press screws and found that McMaster Carr has a really good price compared to woodcraft and Rockler. $16.23. I’m lucky enough to have one of their major warehouse’s close, so I can pick up everything and not incur any shipping costs. I made them out of 2×12 fir. I will be re making them out of a hardwood or weld up some square tubing now that I have used them and like the results.

3 Cold press’s made for panels

I made a simple jig to cut the deep dados safely on the table saw for the cross members
The panels are going to be Pecan Pecky and veneered on both inside and out. Blondie picked out the veneer to go with the Sepele.

I tried gluing up one side with some veneer softener and then gluing up after it dried and did not like the results. Today I glued the other side without the softener and had no cracking and no spotting like the other side. Seems this veneer is flat enough to not need to be sprayed with softener.

And now for some humor,

This week will be all about veneering all 11 panels which 4 of them will be book matched.

Thanks as always, All comments, advice and suggestions welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 10:47 PM

Very interesting project…

Thank you for taking the time to take & show us the pictures.

Very good!

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 10:51 PM

Nice looking press!
The pecan is going to look splendid next to the sapele.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 10:55 PM

Wow, fancy press. I like it.
Thanks for sharing the humor page, that is great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 10:56 PM

Love the veneer press… the project is advancing nicely…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 11:01 PM

Sure seems to be coming along nicely Ken..despite the setbacks of other sorts. Like the swing set humor…

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 11:43 PM

Neat. Nice screws.
I see that you added some bolts through the bridle joints in the forth picture. I guess those screws can generate some pressure.

This is going to look great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 01:25 AM

Coming along really well! Appreciated the drawings from the Texas A&M Engineering School! :)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 09:19 AM

Nice presses Ken. The drawings remind me of some of my past woodworking projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 12:40 PM

Looking good Ken.
I’m sure I’ve worked with those Engineers before…
Thanks for posting.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 08:25 PM


Here is something that may help you!
... just got the email today!

Gluing Veneer using PVA and an Iron!

Hope it helps…

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

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 11:59 PM

Ken… it looked like it was going to be for larger pieces… not just edge banding…
... sorry…

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

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#12 posted 03-14-2013 08:05 AM

Thx Joe Interesting video, I might give that a try on a future project. Making my own edge banding would be cool for a future project. It will be fun to try!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 03-19-2013 03:44 AM

I like it.

-- "The Cedar King"

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