Beginning in Veneering - 16 point Compass Rose

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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 1445 days ago 4547 views 9 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 1445 days ago

Nice joinery, it pops really well.

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#2 posted 1445 days ago

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 1445 days ago

Hey Mat,
Sweet looking Compass Rose…well done.

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#4 posted 1445 days ago

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 1445 days ago

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

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#6 posted 1445 days ago

that looks great, not bad for your first attempt.

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 1445 days ago

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

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#8 posted 1445 days ago

Hi Matt,

Very nice job.


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#9 posted 1243 days ago

Nice job I need 2 of those.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#10 posted 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

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?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#12 posted 756 days ago

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 fiberglass trees.

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