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Project by lumberjoe posted 04-25-2013 01:17 PM 2321 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Paul (Shipwright), I recently became interested in hammer veneering (traditional; using a veneer hammer and hot hide glue) and wanted to practice. This project may have been a bit ambitious, but aside from a few flaws, I am pleased with the results. It is 1/2” MDF, bubinga and walnut veneer. The finish is danish oil, Arm-R-Seal and briwax.

I started off with some 1/2” MDF, some commercial bubinga veneer and some walnut veneer I resawed on my bandsaw

I was surprised at how thin you can resaw on a bandsaw. I got this piece of walnut to about 1/32”

There is no fancy joinery. I veneered the inside of the box, then just butt jointed it together with hot hide glue. I pre-finished the inside then taped off the areas that got glue:

I then glued the bottom and the lid on. Again, no rabbets or anything fancy, just some hot hide glue rub joints (no clamps). After that I veneered the entire outside

Chopped the lid off on the table saw:

Then veneered the inside edges and finished it.

Things I leaned:
I sanded through the veneer in spots. My ROS even with 220 grit is a little agressive. I will be hand sanding next time

I am going to use different hinges next time. MDF is a pain to screw into and these hinges shifted despite having holes pre drilled.

Veneering the entire outside was a little ambitious. Next time I am going to veneer the MDF before I cut it and then miter the box

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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 02:01 PM

Great looking first project, now that you are started, we will be waiting for your next project. Bandsaws are a great way to make your own veneer. Thank you for sharing.

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

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shipwright

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 02:28 PM

Great commercial for hot hide glue Joe.
You’ve covered three of the biggest advantages, rub joints with no clamps, hammer veneering and the ability to veneer after assembly.

You get an “A”.

It’s great to see another LJ discovering the advantages of good old hide glue.
For an experiment with glue, the box came out great.
Now that you have the experimenting done, I can’t wait to see the next one where the focus is the product itself.

Good one!!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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hurailer

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 02:30 PM

First: No one says MDF HAS to be ugly. You produced the evidence.

Second: This is a very nice result for the first try. But I have two small notes. Do you have any idea, why the lid doesn’t fit exact? And perhaps you should try to mount the veneer on the cutting edge with mitres. That’s a bit more work, but I should look favorable.

-- Ein echter Deutscher Holzwurm! -- A pure German woodworm!

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lumberjoe

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 02:32 PM

I’m building something like a bose wave radio now. It’s going to be an all-in-one solution I am putting together that will play music streamed wirelessly from my media server. I was thinking of using solid wood for the carcass, but now it’s going to be BB plywood and veneers.

I’m really glad I did this first. I ended up picking up a proper veneer saw halfway though. It works A LOT better than a razor knife (for me anyway).

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 02:35 PM

hurailer – miters would have looked a lot nicer, I agree. The hinges shifted in their mortises. I should have drilled larger and deeper pilot holes for the screws.

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 03:05 PM

A thoroughly worthwhile experiment. Dare I suggest veneering in combination with EZ Mitre ?!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 04-25-2013 03:08 PM

I’ve been thinking about that for my next box. Have you ever done an easy mitre with pre-veneered material? I think it would be difficult to add the veneer after the fact.

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 04-25-2013 04:49 PM

Yes, on ‘Xee’ for instance. That was done using a pre-veneered board and an edging trick to avoid having to veneer the edges on the cut line in the blog .

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 04-25-2013 05:23 PM

Nice! Thanks for that. I’m going to pick up some more veneer this weekend and give it a shot. I have a feeling I will be using veneers in a lot of my projects going forward. I like the dimensional stability of man made materials and the flexibly veneer offers. If you spin this box around like a cube, the grain pattern flows all the way round because I got a sequenced match pack.

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#10 posted 04-25-2013 07:07 PM

Awesome looking box

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Sodabowski

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 04:35 PM

Paint over MDF is so yesteryear all of a sudden.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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