Blondie's Bridal Chest #7: Glued up the Top & all 11 Panels Finally Veneered.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 04-02-2013 10:28 PM 3260 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: 3 Panels Veneered and Top Dry Fitted Part 7 of Blondie's Bridal Chest series Part 8: Glue ups & sanding continue and Top starts getting finish applied. »

Well these four days off were a busy one. I was constantly going out the shop and garage to either glue up another panel for 4 hours or to apply another coat of Enduro Var to the panels for the top.

A big Thank-you to Steve, (spalm) suggesting and/or reminding me that finishing the panels before they go in would be a good idea. Sometimes I get tunnel vision and might have missed this even though I know better LOL

The panels require 4 hours under clamping pressure and 24 hours to cure before stressing the veneer. I found it better to glue up one side at a time due to the max open time of 15 min for the veneer glue. On the first panel I got some small wrinkles from the glue not adhering completely. So, it was back and forth to the shop all weekend…. Some of you remember I made the clamps with my welder because the Wood one cracked. Yea I tend to overtighten LOL

Once both sides were veneered and cured I would run one edge on the jointer and then square them up on the tablesaw to the final dimension.

All of the backs of the panels required a 1/2 wide 1/4 inch deep rabbet. The panel thickness is 1/2 + the veneer. These rabbets slide into the chests rails and stiles. I sanded all the inside edges of the rails, stiles and legs up to 320 grit, before assembly. Knowing this would make it a lot easier going together thus not rubbing or messing up the panels once assembled trying to sand those edges.

I applied a coat of sanding sealer on both sides then put 5 coats of Enduro Var Semi Gloss lightly sanding in-between coats with 320 grit.

So the top is officially glued up and tomorrow after I get off work it’s time to clean up the edges and sand the frame. I still actually have one last panel in clamps until 530 Pacific Time. Then the rest of them will get the same process as mentioned above. I have 3 panels getting the 3rd coat of finish as speak.

As always, thank-you and all comments welcome.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 11:17 PM

Those clamps sure work good don’t they?

You’re getting there… Very close…

What are those grey-colored things in the background of last picture?... Fire pit… BBQ Pit…??

Thank you.

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 11:29 PM

Thx Joe, One is a gas Fire Pit with Blue Glass in it. The other is the 8 person Hot Tub Blondie and I put 3/4 underground. We did the whole backyard 2 yrs ago ourselves Fake grass to boot….

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

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 12:12 AM

That looks soooo nice!!
Wish my mortise and tenons fir that nice. That way I could prefinish the pieces before assembly. Unfortunately, I usually need to sand them flush to get a good fit on both sides- and that would ruin the finish.

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

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 12:12 AM

My your grass is green and your fireplace is blue. You guys on the left coast are a different lot.
The palms are real, no? They are my namesake you know.

Build looks like it is coming along nicely. That Enduro Var looks like nice stuff. Gunna get me some of that.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 01:56 AM

That is turning out as nice as I anticipated. And I love your yard! No mowing or weedeating!

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 03:48 AM

Ditto with my comments too Ken! The lid really turned out great … and you have a beautiful back yard! We’ve already mowed our lawns 4 times … started just before spring officially arrived. I think I like your fake grass!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 04:27 AM

Yabba Dabba DOO… !!

That is SO COOL!

That fire pit is just awesome! Beautiful! Looks like it would put out some nice heat for Hot Tub!

Very nice, Ken… I’m sure glad I asked!

Thank you…

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

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 08:22 AM

Thx everyone for the nice words and positive comments.

Lew I dry fittied that top a cpl times to ensure everything lined up and was square. I tend to make things to tight so I can fully understand what your saying. I even did a practice run with the clamps so they were all set up after watching them do this many times on the Woddsmith Shop

Spalm LOL your killing me… We are different, maybe its all the good weather! LOL.. Yes the palms are real. There Pygmy Palms they grow to a max of 6 feet. Blondie loves palm trees.

gfadvm Thx, we love the grass and are getting ready to redo the front of the house and put it out there as well.

Justoneofme… thx always good to look at your work and hear from ya

Thx Joe, Blondie was out there evry day working with me on this, being you met her you know shes a tropper. Alot of good wine and cigars around the fire pit. Its were my best ideas come from LOL

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

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 08:50 AM

The top came out great Ken. Your careful attention to detail really paid off. I also loved your garden. Some fantastic work was done there too. The fake grass, or anything green sounds real good to me right now. We still have some snow on our totally brown lawn and it is still frozen solid like concrete. We have had many sunny (just above freezing) days and we have been sitting in the sun with our winter coats on! Snow is expected tomorrow. My wife is eager to begin with garden work, but it just isn’t possible yet. I, on the other hand have been able to spend a lot of time in the shop. So not all negative!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 12:17 PM

Great work, as always Ken. Thanks for taking us along.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 12:19 PM

Sure is lookin good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 01:38 PM

Looking good Ken. I know what you mean about tunnel vision. Always good to have a second/ third/... Etc opinion.
Looking forward to seeing the final!

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

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