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 / It's all about design and innovation