Been having a lot of fun in my garage past two weeks I, I finished my out feed table for my saw and started working on all sorts of fun things, 2 thursdays ago we had a woodworkers guild meeting. A presentation was made about veneering, and some walnut veneers where given away for people to try out.
He made it look so easy and didn’t need any fancy veneer press tools just some vaccuum style bags, and what my luck? Harbor Freight had some on sale for $5 so I picked up a box of these guys to try them out.
I ordered a glue roller, and some maple edge banding and a “grab bag” of domestic veneers to play with from veneersupplies.com. The grab bag came with some cherry, maple, red oak, poplar and some others I can’t identify, I was a little disapointed there was poplar in there .. but I guess that works for my first veneer test
Once I got everything I made some sandwhich cauls that fit in one of the vaccuum bags for the veneer “pressing” or whatever. They are made out of 3/4’’ MDF with groves cut every inch to let air flow through. Not my idea, it was the same set the presenter hadand and it worked well. Using my shop vac to suck out all the air in the bag works pretty well.
I did some test pieces with poplar veneer on MDF, overall they turned out good I was using a box cutter to trim the veneer, I got some bad chip out when going against the end grain, I’ll have to research some more what the apropriate method for trimming veneer is.
The veneering aspect of the box turned out great, I had problems with my mitered corners so I figured I’ll make a jig for my final box project that will be walnut and maple.
While I was veneering the walnut and maple, I decided to work on a cabinet for my office to hold my laptop, printer and the VCR for vhs to dvd conversion. Did some base measureing and got everything cut, then used the biscuit jointer for the butt joints for more strength.
I had a problem with the corners, I had some alignment issues with my buscuit jointer or something because the edges didn’t line up, it wasn’t a big deal a quick pass with my router and the flush trim bit fixed it.
Used the rockler shelf pin jig, I’ve used it a few times it works great, makes it easy
Added some small scrap peices of plywood for feet.
Then I added drawer glides for the shelf the laptop will sit on so I can pull it out when needed, it feels a little tight the drawer glides really have to be pushed closed .. I think I need to make the shelf a hair smaller to make the drawer glides slide easier I’m not sure yet.
While the glue was drying on my miter joint jig, I decided “Hey Lets turn that bowl you’ve been wanting too for 2 months” .. so pulled out the lathe and was turning a bowl, this is as far as I got.
I pinched my finger against the tool rest like an idiot, all the swelling is gone now .. it just pinched the skin and just bruised up, fortunatly not broken or worse, I learned my lesson that is for sure.
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