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
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