My New Hatch Cover #2: Cosmetic Veneering

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 05-17-2013 01:14 AM 2008 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cold Molding a Curved Panel Part 2 of My New Hatch Cover series Part 3: Getting it Done and Installed »

You may have seen this video before. It was made for this blog but I added it to my “Hide Glue for Beginners” one as well. It sort of belongs in both. Anyway skip it if you’ve already seen it.
When we left off, the hatch cover was structurally finished but didn’t look too good. So the next step was to veneer it with some nice mahogany strips These will make the cover look like it was actually made out of the narrow boards necessary to form the curve. I got to use my new veneer hammer.

Once the strips were down the other end needed to be cut off and a strip run across the end.

All finished up but a little plain. Maybe some banding….

A 1/8” cut across the end in way of the 3/16” band.

This is my setup to fit the banding. A piece of banding is placed with one edge against the near side of the existing rebate and the jig is fitted tight up against the other edge. Now, when the bit cleans off exactly at the edge of the jig, the rebate will be exactly the width of the strip. Easy ! No measuring !

Fit is perfect.

A quick soak with S1 epoxy sealer and it’s on to the other side.

First the protruding plastic staple nubs are sanded off and all is evened out.

The hammer veneering process is repeated.

And a coat of S1 sealer. This is one of my favorite products. It doesn’t go on all thick and plasitc-y but rather applies as thin as diesel and after soaking into the fibers of the wood, it cross-links for a hardened waterproof surface that can then be finished with what ever you like.

That’s about it for now
. The next part will take place on a nice sunny day when I can bring the hatch home and get this piece glued on in place of the acrylic, some trim added and back on the boat for the night. Next day it will be home again for some sanding and finishing and then … well ..... cast off!

Thanks for looking in.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 01:34 AM

Paul, That looks great. What is S1 sealer?

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 01:36 AM

That is turning out beautifully (no suprise there)!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 01:37 AM

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 03:28 AM

Nice work. Now the hide glue is hidden by the S-1. The way I look at your work, it will definitely last forever.
What if another layer of veneer will be added for a design? Will the sealer be compatible to the glue works? Sanding will be difficult because of the penetrating quality of the sealer. I am just thinking of those overlay works to be added. Thanks for this technique.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 03:35 AM

Paul you do outstanding work what else can I say.

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 04:17 AM

Very awesome as usual.

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 04:36 AM

Paul, that is just great technique! That little HF trim router does some nice work!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 05-17-2013 09:02 AM

What a beautifully done project Paul, and quite and a world apart from the plastic.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-17-2013 12:31 PM

Looks great, Paul.


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#10 posted 05-17-2013 06:40 PM

very nice…

Wish I had seen the S1 Sealer comment YESTERDAY, lol…I just put a first coat of Spar Varnish on some Adirondack chairs I am rebuilding…oh well…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 05-17-2013 09:54 PM


... as usual…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 05-25-2013 12:44 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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