My First Laminating Project

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 12-20-2009 11:57 PM 3399 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So what can you make with salvaged parquet floor blocks?

This one is not a gift, but it is intended to be a centre piece on the family Christmas-Lunch table.

Here is the rough design of a candle holder I am making for Friday. (inspired by an LJ posting)

The pale sections are parquet blocks, and the pink sections are thin strips of the found wood shown here.

This is my first laminating project so there are a few firsts, and a few lessons learned.

First glue-up of the main body.

Main Body trimmed after first glue-up including trimmed off-cut.

Glue-up of the legs next to the main body’s final glue-up.

Two leg pieces after rough sizing taped together for shaping.

Body piece shaped on bansaw and belt sander.

I got seriously engrossed, so I didn’t take any more pictures of the project in progress, so look for the final product as a project in a couple of days.

Lessons learned:-
1. Wet glue is slippery, and laminations tend to slide while clamping.
2. Find some way of keeping the alignment while clamping.
3. Do NOT cut to final size before glue-up as you will probably have to trim off some misalignment.
4. Off-cuts can be good projects in their own right.

Oh, and just by the way:
That trimmed off-cut in the second photo makes an awesome book mark. A little sanding and a coat of penetrating wax, and I have a few extra brownie points with the loml.


-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 12:18 AM

Should have grabbed some Mario, lots of things can be made out of Flooring scraps.

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 05:01 AM

very cool laminations.

to keep things (more) aligned. I take a sanding paper, and rub it against itself over the glue one one of the parts. some of the sand drops onto the glue, and when you put the parts together creates some friction which keeps the 2 parts from slipping away.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 11:04 AM

Thanks for the tips guys, I was thinking mainly of dowels, but your suggestions will keep the lines clean.

Yeah Mario – I agree with papadan – you should have grabbed some from the dump, but I know sometimes life gets in the way.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 07:02 PM

very nice – thanks for sharing

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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