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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-03-2008 05:32 AM 1998 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Making Demilune Tables Part 2 of Demilune table tops series Part 3: Demilune Table »

I started a new Style demilune table some time ago, but keep getting side tracked. A.D.D., I think.

I made a plexiglass template for this one since it makes building them easier, and reproducing a piece of cake.

The normal way for me to build a curved front apron is with bendy board over a form, and then put in the vacuum bag for a few hours.

This one I made using M.D.F., using small pieces and “laying them up like a brick wall”. Just different sized pieces on every other layer, with the joints staggered. Four layers of 3/4” M.D.F., to end up with a 3” apron.

The segments are end glued and clamped with pinch dogs. If your not familiar with them see:

http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com/Pinch_Dogs.html

These simple little devices are extremely handy, and I use them often. Just today I used them for a face frame glue up, which without them would have been somewhat difficult.

After the segments were dry, I glued the layers together and let them dry. Once the glue set up I cut the shape out on the band saw, on both the front and rear sides. After a little sanding to clean them up, they’re ready for the veneer.

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Using pinch Dogs for glue up.

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Clamping Layers together.

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Clamped up Layers.

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Glued up Layers.

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Apron cut out.

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Plexiglass Layout Jig and M.D.F. Shaper Jig.

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M.D.F. substrate ready for veneer.

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Laying up the veneer on back side using blue tape. Plexiglass template ready to cut veneer. Notice the cut line has blue tape as well to keep it from splitting.

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Veneer layed up with veneer tape on front, blue tape on back removed.

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Blue tape at back edge to create hinge. I can flip the veneer back and apply hot hide glue.


Hope you enjoyed this post.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 07-03-2008 01:37 PM

cool! thanks for the post

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 07-03-2008 01:44 PM

Good one Lee but one question:
Why the plexiglass? I can see it proviides a line between the veneer and the MDF but does it clamp in place like a sandwich when you trim off the excess?

Very neat, I must try this!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 07-03-2008 02:03 PM

Great looking Lee. It was nice to see one in early stages at your shop at the picnic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 07-03-2008 02:40 PM

What do you cut or trim the veneer with once the plexi is set on it.?

Great post again.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#5 posted 07-03-2008 03:03 PM

Why didn’t you go with your usual method this time around?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 03:53 PM

Lee, you are an amazing craftsman! Thanks for keeping me humble ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 04:18 PM

Hi Denis;

Thanks, it’s my pleasure believe me.

Lee

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#8 posted 07-03-2008 04:24 PM

Hi Bob;

I use the plexglass to layout the veneer since I can see through it. This way I can make sure I like the pattern of the veneer, before cutting it.

I often scribe lines into it for layout purposes as well. I use the plexiglass for the veneer, and the M.D.F. for making additional ones with a bearing bit on the shaper.

Usually I use the Plexi at the shaper too, but the added thickness of the M.D.F. is nice to have.

How’s the floor coming?

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 04:25 PM

Hi Karson;

I’m afraid not much has changed on it. I got side tracked again!

You going to post the picnic photos?

Lee

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 07-03-2008 04:28 PM

Hey Damian, how are you;

I changed techniques due to the shape of it. Making a form and using bendy board wouldn’t work here.

How’s the bench coming along?

Lee

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#11 posted 07-03-2008 04:29 PM

Hi John;

I use a scalpel to cut the veneers. It’s the tool I’m most comfortable with.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 07-03-2008 04:32 PM

Thank you Tom;

I think there’s enough talent on this site to keep us all humble.

Thank you for the kind words though. It’s certainly appreciated1

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#13 posted 07-03-2008 04:55 PM

I kinda figured that after I looked at it a little more, great looking design. Bench is oh so slowly coming together, in the process of gluing the top up, I’ll post another entry when it’s a big old slab :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 07-03-2008 05:14 PM

Hi Damian;

Thanks.

I really am looking forward to seeing your masterpiece once you’ve finished it.

I know I’ll be sorry I bought mine when I see yours!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#15 posted 07-03-2008 05:42 PM

Hi Lee,

Your work is absolutely amazing. Thanks for posting this. I have to try a demilune table after seeing this.

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