Beginning in Veneering - 16 point Compass Rose

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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 09-07-2010 03:09 AM 7932 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of weeks ago I took a class which introduced me to working with veneers. This is a build on the project we did in class. This 16 point compass rose is made out of maple and mahogany veneer. Thanks to the excellent tutorial posted on here by Jon3 and Michael Henderson this went rather smoothly, however, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of making an accurate pattern. This rose requires 16 slices of a 22.5 degree triangle, any error will get multiplied by 16 when you are assembling the rose. The remaining work is to set this into a background field, but I need to decide what to do with it. I am thinking this will look nice as a tray bottom.

As I am just starting out, I needed to make some jigs to help with this type of work. Attached are pictures of the cutting mat fence, veneer jointing jig, and veneer tape dispenser I made to help with this project.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 03:15 AM

Nice joinery, it pops really well.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 03:16 AM

Very nice! I am just getting into veneer work myself. Have not tried this type of work yet but am motivated by your piece.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 04:30 AM

Hey Mat,
Sweet looking Compass Rose…well done.

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 04:42 AM

great rose! i trust you will let us know what project this ends up in :)

that tape dispenser is so simple, yet I hadn’t thought of it myself before, thanks for that one as well!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 04:46 AM

Good work, Mat! That will be an awesome tray.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 07:15 AM

that looks great, not bad for your first attempt.

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 05:47 PM

I love it. I have two built in corner covers that are just plywood that would look good with this design.

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 05:51 PM

Hi Matt,

Very nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 12:44 AM

Nice job I need 2 of those.

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#10 posted 07-27-2012 04:18 PM

Stopped by to see your work. This caught my eye. Thanks for sharing that most important learned experience. Patience. LOL! It is the skill of masters!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 07-27-2012 04:23 PM

Hey Matt, Great job. I am making a living room set from cherry and would love to inlay one of these in the tops of each piece. How do I get started on doing this?

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#12 posted 07-27-2012 08:01 PM

Hey Mat, this is a really nice piece of work. I’m seeing it for the first time. You posted it 212 days before I joined. ..... I thought I’d checked them all….??

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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