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.
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