Some associate veneers as being low quality and if you truly want quality go all solid. Really the opposite could be true. Veneers got a bad rap around the 60’s when cheap furniture was introduced into the market. There was delaminating, which is the lifting of the veneer, because of a bad process and gules. What is veneer? Veneer is a thinly sliced piece of wood glued onto a substrate or a another, usually manufactured, wood like MDF or plywood. With today’s technology these slices ca...
Well I started on Gable box number 2. Actually it is really box number 4. The original box number 2 became seriously gouged when I tried to get clever on the routing table. Box 3 has curved gables rather than triangles. Things get a lot tougher doing that. Box 1 was small and cubic, so now I tried larger and squattier. I also want to try out some interior trays. I suck at the artistic side of design, so I tried using the Golden Ratio of 1.6:1. I picked a larger box of 8 inches square....
I have done my share of veneer work, using both commercial veneers and veneer I cut myself on the bandsaw. I also do a lot of turning, mostly from green wood. Until now these two pleasures have remained disparate, but this past month, those pleasures collided. It all started after I scored some logs of Claro Walnut. There was one particular piece of crotch that I could not figure out what to do with, so I left it in the shape of a block. About a day later, while looking at the photo b...
Here goes my brain again, off on some tangent. I have been thinking of building this box for a long time. I want to try to use veneer for some box building, but need some tricks to hide the veneered edge. So I chose a gable topped box with walnut corner treatment to hide the veneer. I am not sure if I like it, but it does have some potential. It was always prettier in my head. Maybe comments on the design might help. Or even the suggestion to start over or just bag it..It started with a...
I got in way over my head on this one, and I still have a long way to go. I wanted to do a piece with some veneering work, so I picked a Lingerie Chest. The wife unit wanted one, so it started. I also found out that a Lingerie Chest was to have seven drawers, for the seven days of the week. Who knew? So I veneered two panels of 3/4 inch MDF with quarter-sawn cherry. They are about 42 inches by 14 inches. I used the home made shower curtain bag with my vacuum pump. That will probably ...
In January I posted to an LJ forum about a planned woodworking trip to the Berkshires. We went on Feb 19, 2010, and it was a great day. Well, it was a cold day, when Steve and I left Glastonbury, CT for the Berkshires. During the trip we were joking about buddy movies and decided to subtitle our trip: Glen & Steve’s Excellent Woodworking Adventure as an homage to perhaps the worst buddy film of all time. Our first stop was Bannish Lumber in tiny Chester, Mass. Their URL is h...
Yesterday was a good day, by almost any woodworking standard. Regrettably I didn’t touch wood to a tool. So how can it be a good day? I got to spend it with David Marks of WoodWorks Fame. He taught a class at my local WoodCraft and my wife was kind enough to give me the day to go. This was my second class with David; I took one about a year ago on Double-Bevel Marquetry (keep meaning to get a scroll saw, but something bigger and more powerful always seems to get in the way). The class ...
Jan 26/10 “There was a little girl who had a little curl..Right in the middle of her forehead…” or.. for the macho guys out there“wooo wooo wooo woo” (that’s a Three Stooges sound.. Curly, get it? ————————————————————————————————————...
I just got back from the Baltimore (Timonium) Wood Show, and as I was walking down the last aisle after visiting with LJ member Chuck Bender. I noticed this gentleman sitting on a stool doing some strange things with wood. His name is Geoffrey Noden. Geoffrey in the man that has his name on the Noden AdjustABench It was in his booth that his wife was looking after the Adjust a bench and he was sitting at a stool in front of this tool. What this tool does is cut patterns in wood are then...
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take this part slowly. There are no shortcuts that leave you with a great inlay! Most commercial veneer is thin, 1/42nd or so. So you don’t have a lot of room to work with, once you’ve inlaid the compass rose. That means you need to make sure your inlay surface is ready to go. I used this maple panel with a little bit of curl to it. This has been pre-sanded to 320. You start by solidly taping down the inlay in i...
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