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Project by rwyoung posted 1531 days ago 3283 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been piddling around with hammered veneer. So far, without a veneer hammer. I’d just take a scrap of hardwood, round the edge and wax it a bit. Works but a bit frustrating when the wax rubs off and you start to glue down your hammer… 8-(

So a little strip of brass from the hardware store a trip to the scrap bin and viola! Veneer hammer.

Head is cherry, handle is hububalli (snake wood). I realized too late that I put in the wedge with the grain instead of against the grain of the head but oh well. If it splits, it splits. I’ll just have to make another one! :)

After the oil and wax on the head has a chance to set up and I can buff it out I’ll re-polish the brass edge and give it a try.

Other than drilling the hole for the handle, another 100% handtool project! The narrowest blade I have for my plow plane is 1/8” but the brass is wider. So I cut off some extra pieces, filed them a bit and used them as wedges plus epoxy to hold the “blade”. Again, if this fails, I can remake some wooden wedges to hold in the brass blade. But then again you aren’t supposed to be pressing THAT hard with these things.

Shaped the handle using a spoke shave and rasp. Snakewood is some wierd stuff, grain goes all over the place.

Shaped the head with a combination of chisel work to rough in the radius corners, then the chisel again to start the round-over. And finally a block plane to bring the round-over even all the way round. A quick hit with some 150 took out the last of the facets.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.





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#1 posted 1531 days ago

good idea well done

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#2 posted 1531 days ago

You guys are at it again, I know what veneer is, now I have to learn what hammered veneer is and what you
do to veneer with that great looking little tool. I guess if I wanted to stay fat & happy, I should have stood in
bed. As ever, Gus

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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rwyoung

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#3 posted 1531 days ago

Well, a better name is “veneer squeegie” but that just sounds funny.

The only real hammering going on is done with the wooden corners on the back to listen for voids under the veneer. Tap, tap, tap you way across the surface and you can find them. The brass bar gets polished up and is used to draw the hot hide glue along, squeezing out the air bubbles and pulling excess glue from the joining surfaces.

Aren’t you glad you asked? There are several short videos around the web that demo the technique. Roy Underhill has an episode with some guys from the Williamsburg lutheir’s shop demoing several veneering techniques, this one included. The episode is a two parter where they are playing with a replica of the Thomas Seaton tool chest.

It is among the many podcasts of the Woodwright Shop that are available online. But I can’t remember the title. Worst thing that happens is you have to watch several of them to find it. ;)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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rwyoung

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#4 posted 1530 days ago

Cool when it works but one messy pain in the patootie when it goes wrong!

Have you tried hammering onto a curved ground yet? So far all I’ve done are flat surfaces and nothing fancy like marquetry or parquetry. I’ve tried parquetry in a small vacuum press bag but that was with PVA (also very easy and satisfying).

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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rwyoung

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#5 posted 1530 days ago

40 grid in lieu of a toothing plane… Sounds promising. When I was playing with some MDF I just scuffed it with 100 grit. Seemed fine. I’ve got making a wooden toothing plane on the TODO list. Blades can be had from LN, LV and Hock, maybe even IBC/Pinnacle.

Ditto the clothes iron but you have to go back and keep cleaning it off. I found that a rag with white vinegar does a good job of cleaning the iron. Stinks though! Do it by an open window! ;)

Another important tool is a bucket of water (warm is better) with several small rags.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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Div

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#6 posted 1530 days ago

If I see a pic of a selfmade tool, I just have to look. Just love any tool that woodworkers make for themselves. There are so many we can actually make. Good luck with your veneering endeavours. Not my strong point!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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rwyoung

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#7 posted 1530 days ago

I’ve seen that vid. A good discussion there. I have been playing with the 192 gram strength stuff from TFWW too and found it to be fine. I wonder what happened to your batch. Mine, mixed in the pot, smells pretty much like I’d expect, faintly of a wet rawhide dog toy. ;)

My benchtop is MDF which I’ve sealed and occasionally wax. Glue except for epoxy just pops right off. But I’ve been laying down newspaper and that works OK. Some stickage but nothing the card scraper can’t fix (yet).

I also use the Titebond liquid stuff a lot for joinery. I like it, but its long open time is a double edged sword. I should get a bottle of Old Brown next to try.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#8 posted 1530 days ago

Good Job, I have been considering making one. Its nice to see somebody else succeed.

-- RayCurtis

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#9 posted 1529 days ago

very nice tool … beautiful material and idea

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#10 posted 1516 days ago

a good looking hammer you have made
I love to see homemade tools

do you have the link to Underhills podcast
I wood like to see this

Dennis

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rwyoung

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#11 posted 1516 days ago

http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/

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#12 posted 1516 days ago

thankĀ“s rwyoung
preciated

Dennis

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