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Blog entry by kiefer posted 02-11-2013 02:26 AM 1677 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it has been some time that I worked on this table but there are things that have priority when you work for a living .
I have installed the outside veneer on both halves of the base and started today with the inside veneer .

The iron seemed the biggest obstacle and as I mentioned previously using a heat gun as a alternative got nixed because of the expense involved .
I designed a round sheet metal base for the iron using some thin sheet metal with steel wool inside to give it a flexibility but could not get the sub base hot enough ,the second design I came up with is made from copper sheet folded into three layers to give it more mass to retain heat and I used fibre glass matting between the bottom and middle layer to give it flexibility .

This worked out well and the inside veneer glued well with this sub base ,it’s a crude looking base but just to test it I did not feel like spending much time on this .
The width of the inside veneer strips had to be reduced to match up the joints along the out side edge to give a individual board effect as the edge will be veneered with individual pieces joining inside and outside veneer strips .

The radius sander I posted in a previous project post works well for sanding the inside and is a good upper body work out

All the veneer joints will be accented with a slight v groove to further enhance the individual board effect which will be done after sanding the veneer flat but before final sanding.

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 02:42 AM

Those are some neat tricks you did with the iron kiefer. Is is safe to say this is turing out well? It sure looks like it! Lots of thinking going on here!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 03:16 AM

cool table

-- Joel

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 03:52 AM

Hi Tony
Yes it’s coming along step by step and seem like a great experiment , from the glue to the cutting of the veneer yet it is a lot of fun to use some knowledge from building stairs in the laminating and layout process .
The reuse of the poster board is one thing I enjoy the most as all the dimensions can be recorded on one template similar to a story rod , almost forgotten tool .
The final shape and design is still up in the air but evolving as I go .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 05:46 AM

I like the fact that you took the time to reduce the inner veneers to relate spatially to the outer ones… nice touch. The illusion will be complete.
Will you try end grain on the end veneers or go with edge grain. Edge grain will pass quite well if you choose pieces and orient them well.
You’re doing a great job but man, you’ve got to learn hammer veneering. It would simplify your life a lot here.

Really nice work !!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 06:42 AM

That’s some thinking Kiefer!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 09:48 AM

Hi Kiefer. Are you using yellow glue and reactivating it with the iron? Your iron and the radius sander shows that you are a real problem solver and resourceful as well. The veneer looks really well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 11:20 AM

Very well done and informative .

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

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 12:16 PM

Amazing work on this so far. I know it will look terrific as all of your work does.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 04:41 PM

A patient craftsman to say the least. The quality and designs of your work suggest you probably could do this full time…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 08:41 PM


I just found your posting today. I am planning on making a coffee table from a slab similar to what you are doing except I am going to use a single slab for the top. For some reason, I could not find your #3 posting. Could you show me how I can obtain it so I cen see your whole process?

I am looking forward to see how the legs will be designed (hopefully that is not part of #3).

Like every one else, your detail and photos on the process is absolutely amazing.

From a retiree just learning the craft of woodworking,

-- Ken, Michigan

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 12:11 AM

Hi Ken (woodman 44)
To find part 3 of the blog go here
or go to the top of this entry and top left beside my avatar click on my blogs and find it there.

-- Kiefer

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