Blondie's Bridal Chest #6: 3 Panels Veneered and Top Dry Fitted

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 03-26-2013 at 04:55 PM 1570 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Press Remake for Veneering Panels Part 6 of Blondie's Bridal Chest series Part 7: Glued up the Top & all 11 Panels Finally Veneered. »

Well I made some progress on Blondie’s Bridal Chest. As some of you know, I had to weld up some new veneer clamps as the wood ones were flexing and cracking.

I veneered the front and backs of 1/2 MDF panels with Pecan Pecky Veneer. I then squared the panels & cut down to finished size. Once I was sure of the measurements of each opening I cut the rabbets on the backside of the panels to slide into the dados. I used a cut offs to get the right thickness to have a slight friction fit.

Once I dry fit it together today, I was stoked that it’s starting to look like a top. Most of the joints are really tight. I need to do some slight sanding in a cpl. area’s to tighten up some small gaps. I will finish sand the panels before the glue up, to insure there are no small scratches while they’re easy to sand.

Once glued up I can sand the whole top and square up & trim the ends. I’m currently gluing up the 8 other panels as we speak. One at a time of course, so it takes time.

Thx for looking and all comments are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 at 05:06 PM

That is comin along nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 at 06:47 PM

Love the way the pecan “spots” match the frame color!!

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

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 at 06:56 PM

Lookin very good! Love the pecan panels!

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

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 at 07:56 PM

It seems that you know what your doing, and doing it very well.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 at 09:01 PM

Ken, it’s finally coming together & looking SUPER good!

I like the way you methodically go Step by Step reaching your goals…
... poetry in motion…

Thank you.

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

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 at 09:22 PM

Bit by “Bit and Piece by Piece it comes together…Very nice…!

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

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 at 09:32 PM

After being held up with press problems, it must feel rewarding to finally get ‘down to business’! Looking mighty fine so far Ken!! The contrast with the veneered panels and solid stock is really going to make Blondies Bridal Chest an eye-popping beauty!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 at 03:17 AM

Looking fantastic Ken. I love the pecan. Don’t worry about those tight joints, they’re not a problem in woodworking, lol. Great work on this chest. It will be a beauty.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 at 04:43 AM

That looks really nice.

Maybe finish, or at least seal coat the panels before glue-up?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 at 04:44 AM

Thx everyone, I really love hearing from you and respect all of my fellow Lumberjocks here. There are so many talented people here, always willing to help. I think Blondie pulled it off picking the Pecan Pecky I do like the soft look it gives it. I wanted to use Burl but she thought it might be a little to busy and wanted to highlight the Sapele.

The presses work like a charm and really clamp down. Taking the day or so to make them was worth it. We all need new tools right? LOL

Back to work and home to do some more veneering and sanding.

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

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#11 posted 03-27-2013 at 04:47 AM

You bet Steve…. I’m going to take it apart today and sand all the panels front and back and at very least seal coat them. I have ben giving some thought on finishing them. I plan on spraying them with my 5500 Earlex using Enduro Var.

What are your thoughts, would you do them seperate or once together.

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

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#12 posted 03-29-2013 at 03:50 AM

Looking good Ken…
It has to feel good seeing it take shape.
Looking forward to the final.

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

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