|Project by USCJeff||posted 07-25-2011 02:06 AM||1633 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
I really loved how this one came out as I can’t even begin to tell you how many problems had to be corrected. I’ve never used veneer on a large scale (little inlay here and there). Materials were the walnut and maple contrasting veneer squares, an mdf substrate, and a couple large walnut burl veneer sheets for the bottom.
Issues: I made the veneer (other than the burl bottom) and wasted a lot with planing mistakes. Several pieces split and had to be redone. I took the clamps and cauls off a bit early I think. I didn’t use veneer tape which would’ve helped. I had a lot of moguls from the warped veneer. After an overnight clamp, it worked as intended. A veneer saw would help as well. Xacto knives are only so good.
The finish is natural danish oil (Watco) with a wax topcoat buffed to a higher gloss.
Now, I guess it’s time to turn the 32 pieces w/o a duplicator. Should be fun!
I usually inlay a 3” x 2” maple oval and brand it with my ID. I have a template I use so it’s easy. I’m hoping the veneer burl on the back won’t chip out when the router does it’s thing. Any thoughts there? The template will cover the edges of course, so there will be support in that regard.
-- Jeff, South Carolina