My my...veneering! #2: The next step in my journey.

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Blog entry by oscorner posted 07-21-2007 06:39 AM 5996 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, cutting veneer has been a challenge for me. No matter what I’ve tried, I haven’t found a way to do it and get a nice fit. I’ve tried using the veneering saw, a knife and even sissors. The sissors worked suprisingly well during some test cuts on burl, but not so well on straighter grained samples. I tried using a board for a straight edge and tried cutting with my miter saw by sandwiching a piece between two pieces of plywood. This worked, o.k., but not good enough. I found that for me, my 12” fast square was the best guide for my veneering saw.

Here is a shot of my cut veneer as I prepare to begin the task of taping with painter’s tape:

I decided to make the chest board out of 1/2” MDF. The process of taping the strips was tedious and a bit nerve racking, especially with the difficulty I had getting the seams to match up. I tried numbering the strips as I cut them, but found that didn’t work too well. This is what my taping job looked like after about 30 minutes:

This is what it looked like after trimming the excess off and taping all of the joints: Oops, I got ahead of myself…this picture shows the taping after reversing every other one:

Here’s a view of the other side…not bad, right?

I would have rathered not have seams in the middle of a couple of the squares, but it is a good learning experience that will teach me how to deal with this in the future. Here is a look at the show side of the checker board: Great looking veneer…thanks again, Karson!

I then applied the three hole tape on the show side of the checker board and this is what it looks like, now:

My next job is to work on the veneer that will border the checker board and make a press that will help me clamp the veneer to the substrate after applying Titebond II. I kind of wanted to do the coating of glue on both and then ironing over it to reactivate the glue, but I will have to do some test pieces of both before trying it on this large project.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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View Dorje's profile


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#1 posted 07-21-2007 08:21 AM

Way to go!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 07-21-2007 01:50 PM

Great Job Mark.

I sent you that great looking veneer. I want it back, after you glue it all up of course. LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 07-21-2007 04:36 PM

In a previous response I gave a link to a French veneer saw. You might try that over the saw you have.

Then you might want to make three passes on each cut -
The first will score the veneer where you want it cut, the second will follow in that score and increase the depth and the third will separate the piece. With no real pressure on the saw it follows the edge more easily.

Also, make sure that the teeth on the saw are sharp and that you rock the saw from back to front as you make your cut. Sort of an ergonomic move.

It is good that you emphasize the glue side and the show side.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 07-21-2007 09:43 PM

I’m not even going to begin to start veneering for a while yet. I love following the progress and the process though. Nice job Os! What’s the 3 hole tape for?

-- Bob

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#5 posted 07-22-2007 01:58 AM

Karson, I’ll get it to you, but it is in smaller pieces, now. LOL.

Sawdust2, I am making several lite cuts as you have suggested. My cuts just don’t match up to well. :^(

Bob, from what I read…the three hole tape is the tape you put on the show side before gluing and the purpose for the three holes is that the center hole allows you to see the seam. It is suppose to shrink once it dries, thus pulling the seam tighter. After application of the three hole tape you must remove the painter’s tape before glue down. One instructer said that he will use the painter’s tape on the show side, if he has a veneer that has holes in it to prevent the glue from sqeezing through. Once the glue dries it can be removed easily. The three hole tape needs two to three wettings before it can be removed.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-22-2007 05:00 AM

These sites have some videos on cutting and jointing veneer. (In case you haven’t seen them) Hope this helps.

Is Karson dealing veneer?

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#7 posted 07-22-2007 08:27 AM

Thanks, Mark, a journey is never meaningful unless it provides some challenges. I’m with you on this one, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 07-22-2007 11:31 AM

bravo for being brave enough to take the plunge!

Learning curves: gotta love them. Sometimes, though, you just can’t love them until they are over! ha.

Well done. It looks beautiful You must be very proud of your accomplishment.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 07-22-2007 03:24 PM

Karson is more of a pusher of veneer….lol

I belive he sent OS some to play with.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 07-23-2007 04:53 PM

Thanks, Iclashley…I viewed those before I began and they were a great help along with all the LumberJock’s blogs on the subject. I’ve since cut and taped the border to it and will post those pictures soon.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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