2nd Try - Figured Maple Veneer Picture Frame

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Project by Andybb posted 02-17-2017 12:01 AM 381 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

After a first attempt that I wasn’t happy with, this is the culmination and result of me learning probably 20 things to make this happen better. i.e.better bandsaw tuning, better veneering technique, comparing and testing finishes and use of hand tools (instead of letting power tools instantly damage it) etc. It is made from figured maple veneer over MDF. The outer border is ironwood and padauk with ironwood as the inner border. Many thanks to everyone who helped in the forums.

1. I realized that as a beginner even after developing a workable thin veneer process on the bandsaw, cutting my own veneer to 1/8” on the table saw was a lot more forgiving (and better looking) than commercial veneer.
2. “Chatoyance”! Try as I might, oil based finish just looked better on this project than any combo of shellac, dye and water based finish. Took a full week trying different finishes.
3. Finally figured out how to sharpen and use my card scraper.
4. Padauk must be scraped, wiped and sealed to avoid bleeding.

-- Andy - Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 05:02 AM

Very nice Andy!

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