|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 10-15-2007 05:03 PM||1986 views||3 times favorited||34 comments|
Okay, so everybody needs a rosewwod and cherry cabinet for their precision tools, right? Just kidding.
I’ve been wanting to experiment with veneer, and I figured I’d let my first try be at something for the shop so the mistakes wouldn’t matter too much and I could learn from them. I built the carcass from scrap plywood lying around the shop. I used simple butt joints reinforced with countersunk screws since I knew I’d be covering everything up with the veneer.
I used Titebond cold press adhesive for the veneer, and I had reasonable success, although I had quite a bit of trouble trimming the edges. I;m not sure if I didn’t use enough glue, but I found that the veneer kept wanting to splinter away from the plywood backing as I trimmed and smoothed the edges. I found this santos rosewood raw veneer pretty brittle. Should I have softened it first?
At any rate, it was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to improving my skills and moving on to making some bookmatched patterns, etc. All advice welcomed! :-)
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"