Laminated Veneer Clipboard for a friend

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Project by AttnDeficitDzynz posted 07-29-2013 12:24 AM 2105 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently was able to buy approximately 150-200 sq. feet of wood veneer for $100. Oi Vey right? There are various species including walnut, maple, cherry, teak, mahogany, zebrawood, and several that I’m not sure of. I made this for a very good friend of mine who taught me more about the car business than anybody and has has always treated me as an equal despite my shortcomings. But enough of the hallmark crap, on to the project. I’ve never worked with veneer before, and not liking the methods I found online for applying it, I employed my usual “what’s this button do?” technique. No contact cement, no veneer glue, no paper bag and clothes iron, just a bottle of Gorilla brand wood glue, some scrap granite and my C-clamps. Spread a thinish even layer on one piece only, put the other piece on top of it while still wet, then place the happy couple between two large scraps of granite and squeeze ‘em like they stole something. So far its worked like a charm although I imagine there will be future projects when I’ll have to use a more traditional approach because of size. Back to the clipboard (a.d.d. kicked in there for a minute, sorry) there are a total of 10 pieces of veneer all glued up here, the outermost layers being (I think) curly maple and quilted quarter sawn walnut (?). If I’m wrong about them please feel free to correct me, very few of the veneer sheets were labeled. Not sure about the 2 side strips on the front. I trimmed the edges with some inlay strips I got in the deal and finished it all off with Danish oil, clear satin finish lacquer, and a coat of Johnson’s paste wax. The last picture is of my “veneer press”. If you’ve made it this far then bless your heart, I’m incapable of the “Reader’s Digest” version and tend to be a little long-winded at time. Anyways, hope you like it and comments and or criticisms are always welcome. Thanks for looking! In the next episode I shall attempt to post a project with a one sentence description! Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 01:26 AM

Nice. I need one for work so I’ve been considering making one as well.

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 03:47 AM

That’s one fine clip board. Nice work.

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 04:13 AM

That is really nice , cool press too . Push it to the limit , give it more , .... : )


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