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

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 528 days ago 1521 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 528 days ago

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 528 days ago

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 528 days ago

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 528 days ago

Love the veneer press… the project is advancing nicely…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 528 days ago

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

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 528 days ago

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 528 days ago

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 527 days ago

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 527 days ago

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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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 526 days ago


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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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 526 days ago

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 525 days ago

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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Todd Barrone

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#13 posted 521 days ago

I like it.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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