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Microcosms, a trip to a smaller world #1: Tiny Home Made Plywood and Banding.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 12-03-2010 03:29 AM 4737 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started this as a forum topic http://lumberjocks.com/topics/22441 but the way it’s going, it should have been a blog so I’m changing horses in mid stream. To bring things up to speed, I started out fooling around with the idea of thin plywood because I was bored in the shop waiting for finish coats to dry on my real project. It sort of took on a life of it’s own. Here’s a brief recap:

The first two shots are of a 4” x 8” sheet of 1/16” walnut plywood. I cut the veneers with my woodslicer and ran them through the drum sander each side, then vacuum bagged them.

That was fun but I decided to try something a little stronger so I made this piece the next day. It’s about 3/32” and it’s five ply wenge and arbutus (madrone)

It’s very stiff. Here it is supported at each end (about 12” span) and is only deflecting about 1/16”. This was taken this morning. Last night, fresh out of the vacuum bag the deflection was more than 1/4”.


One of the ideas for a use for this stuff that came up on the forum (thanks to rwyoung) was to make a banding log. so with part of the five ply cut into strips, and a few arbutus veneer strips to make up for the plywood having two wenge sides, I set out to glue up the log.

Here’s the glued up banding log, about 15/16” thick and 40 ply.

Next step is to edge glue slices of the log and laminate them between arbutus veneers to form the pattern. This glue-up is in the bag now. No attempt was made to try to get an actual checkerboard effect.

If you have banding, you need something to inlay it onto so I built a plywood box. I would not presume to be in Martyn’s league on the tiny box subject and this is in no way a challenge to his reign. It’s just a plain little box to try to apply banding to if the banding works out.


Tomorrow I’ll try to slice some banding and see if I can inlay the box.

Thanks for looking

Paul

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



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Chip

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 03:42 AM

Between you and Martyn, this is heading towards the molecular level fast. As always… I’m watching with fascination and interest (and lately, a magnifying glass and tweezers!).

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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shipwright

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 03:44 AM

Martyn is King. I’m just fooling around. There is a quantum quality gap.

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

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 04:06 AM

its pretty amazing what a talented person can come up with when BORED…very cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 05:07 AM

Maybe Martyn is King but you are fast approaching Kingship maybe in another realm so you both can rule! That is tiny and I am surprised you still have your fingers! Anybody but the masters would now be stubby fingered!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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mickyd

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 05:49 AM

I followed up to the very last step re: the banding. It’s my lack of knowledge, not your explanation. I don’t know what banding is plus I am not sure where / how that little box came to being. How about a novice explanation.

What ever this is going to turn into, I know it is going to be REAL COOL!!!!

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shipwright

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#6 posted 12-03-2010 08:15 AM

All will be revealed tomorrow mickyd, if I can do it. Otherwise, it never was.
Erwin, not that scary. Mostly scroll saw and belt sander. You really have to work at losing fingers there.

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

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#7 posted 12-03-2010 03:24 PM

Go for it, Paul! Its looking good so far. The tiny box record could be just about to change hands. Good luck. I look forward to you posting this as a project.

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

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SPalm

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#8 posted 12-03-2010 04:00 PM

Hey Paul, this is great to follow along.
You do incredible work. Fun to watch you think/progress too.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-03-2010 04:12 PM

I don’t recommend using a shop vac around this project. “I’ll just clean up a little – Hey! Where did my box go?”

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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shipwright

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#10 posted 12-03-2010 06:15 PM

Martyn, I don’t think it’s fair. It takes inspiration and initiative to be first. Those are yours. I have no intent to post it.
Steve, I already lose it, just by leaving it on the bench and walking across the shop. When I come back ….......

Thanks all.

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

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#11 posted 12-03-2010 11:05 PM

Paul, This sort of thing requires a very special kind of person to even attempt to do. Really neat. You have no idea how much I can relate to not being able to find a small box. I recently made a greasebox for a friend and now simply cannot find it to send to him. I have look high and low. No way there’s time to make another.

Keep working at the stuff at the edges of woodworking. I love it

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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