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!"