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Blog entry by kiefer posted 01-28-2013 03:32 AM 1914 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it has been a anxious and emotional week for me and not much got done on the table but such is life.
This week I played around of and on with some yellow glue and some 1/8” walnut veneer ,I rolled on glue on both surfaces (three different types seen in the pic ) and let the samples dry until clear and layed it on the plywood , put a hot iron on the veneer and heated the glue until it bonded and followed with a piece of wood to rub it flat .
The result was a nice strong bond and trying to remove the veneer resulted in the plywood base tearing up.

The three types of glue I used as samples are ELMERS yellow glue ELMERS MAX yellow glue and GORILLA yellow glue an d fund no difference in drying time or apparent strength ,so Elmer’s yellow glue it is because I have 3/4 GAL. left from laminating the base .
Yesterday I put a POWER TWIST belt on my $200.00 RIDGID band saw and a 3/8” 4TPI VIKING blade ,solved most of the vibration problem and the blade is giving me a very nice smooth cut .
A very simple rip fence build from some Melamine board and held in place by two C clamps and aligned for drift gave me good results cutting 1.5 mm veneer slices consistently .
I also used push and guide blocks to keep my fingers a safe distance away from the blade ,seen too many posts of cut fingers lately .

These pics are along one length of a three foot strip of veneer ,I think that is close enough .
The next step is laying up the veneer strips into panels and that brings out my mitre sled to cut the angles on the ends of each strip rather then using my mitre saw .
A hold down block is a must here for a clean cut and to keep the fingers a safe distance away also !!!!!

The first panel assembled with tape ,no grain or colour match as that is not part of the design and I Hope it will work out the way I think it will look in the end .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 03:48 AM

Nice blog and great info and how-to knowledge….thanks.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 05:15 AM

Nice trick on heating the glue.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 10:16 AM

Great blog with lots of useful info Kiefer. The veneer technique was clever and simple. This is going to be fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 03:34 PM

It looks good so far.
Have you tried the iron / yellow glue system on a curve yet?
It will be interesting to see how well that works.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 11:24 PM

Very interesting and coming along nicely.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 02:18 AM

Hi Guys
Thanks for the comments and yes fun this is since there are no time constrains and my wife is getting involved also making it a fun project for both of us .
The gluing idea is all new to me and we are exploring this as we go to see what works and what doesn’t .
Paul asks if we tried veneering on a curved surface and yes it works quite well on the convex side with just a household iron and a rubbing block ,now for the concave side of the base we may have to use a heat gun with some sort of deflector nozzle that can provide some pressure on the veneer .
I will keep you posted and if any ideas come to mind please let me know .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 02:51 AM

Good blog with lots of useful tips. I use that same hand held featherboard on my bandsaw when resawing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 04:11 AM

Don’t laugh, I was searching today for an iron with cylindric bottom :)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 01-29-2013 05:32 AM

If it was me, I would be hammer veneering it , which I know works on curved surfaces but I know that is not in your plan. I’m wondering , however, if rather than pressing the pieces down with the heat gun itself, you might not be able to use a veneer hammer type of tool to apply the pressure. I haven’t ever used PVA glue this way so I have no clue but it’s a thought.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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