Morris Chairs #3: Leg veneers and jointing

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Blog entry by Dave T posted 09-04-2009 04:58 AM 1242 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Rough cuts and leg glue ups Part 3 of Morris Chairs series Part 4: Side pieces cut to size »

Didn’t get as far as I wanted to today, but here is what I got done.

First glued up the last 2 leg blanks. Jointed and squared up the 6 I glued up yesterday. Ended up with a nice pile of planer shavings that filled the dust collector.

Now off to the veneers. Ok, I haven’t resawed anything really thin before and it’s been a while since I’ve used the band saw. Actually I haven’t used it since I bought the Kreg fence at Christmas, so need to do a little tune up to make sure all is running order. After some adjusting and test cuts on scrap I’m ready to resaw. Pulled out my jig I made and set it up, made more test cuts in some scrap from the bin. Here’s my setup.
For a first attempt at resawing thinner stock, I think I ended up doing pretty well. Had a little bit of a tough time leaving my line and had some wave. Good thing I left it a little thick (or tried to more precisely), so I could flatten it back out on the jointer. Did run into one snag though. During my resaw operation I see sparks, ut-oh this can’t be good. The screw holding the guide block in next hits the table and the block is falling out of it’s enclousure. So I stop mid cut to fix that and to get things running back on track. Guess I didn’t tighten it down enough after making my adjustments during tune up. (Mental note: check to make sure adjustments are tight next time before turning on the tool). Here’s how I ended up with the veneer.
Told ya I had some waves. LOL. Next is glue up to the leg blanks
I’ve lost count now how many legs I have the veneer glued on now. I do know I have more to do. BUT (slapping forehead), as I was matching pieces of veneer to the blanks I realize some of the veneer pieces aren’t wide enough to cover the leg. Ok crap I need to cut 2 more pieces of veneer. So continue on with glue up. I knock a couple of pieces of veneer on the floor with a clamp. No big deal right? HEHEHE, my trusted shop companion Buddy the Golden Retriever decides Oak tastes good and sneaks outside with those pieces in tow. Before I can even yell at him, those pieces are splintered in the lawn. Shit, now I have to cut 4 new pieces of veneer. And I thought I had everything planned out just right. HAH fooled me.

Last, but not least I was able to get the rest of the pile sitting on my bench face jointed.

Plan for tomorrow is to go to Hershey Park, so no shop time tomorrow. Probably be Sunday before I can get back in the shop.

Thanks for reading

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#1 posted 09-04-2009 05:12 AM

It is tough to get mad at the furry apprentices. Mine seems to have developed a taste for expensive woods – now that she’s had walnut and cherry, a piece of 2×4 isn’t going to cut it any more!

-- -- Mike Beauvais

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 05:16 AM

Funny how things work out (or don’t). Are you going to chamfer the edges at 45 degrees to make the veneer blend in with the core? That’s probably the technique I will use too. Do you have a planer? I thing planing the veneer flat on top of a backer board (because of thickness requirements) might be an option. I think jointing veneer flat might be a tad dangerous because it’s so flexible. I would definitely use a thick backer if I was going to try that. What are your plans/thoughts? Thanks for the update. Keep’em coming. My dog just barfed on the carpet, so I feel your pain…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 06:26 AM

He’s kind of partial to oak, ash and poplar. He doesn’t seem to like walnut and cherry for some reason. Oh well good thing I have more rough stock.

I am going to ease the edges with a chamfer. To help blend the seem of the veneer and to remove sharp edges. Nothing dramatic, just maybe 1/8 – 1/4” chamfer I’m thinking. Try a couple of different size chamfers on the offcuts and figure out which one looks best.

Before I cut the veneer I surfaced all four sides before going to the band saw. I had 1 1/4” stock and was able to get 3 pieces out of each board, but after I sliced off one piece I went back to the jointer to surface the left over thick stock. So on each veneer piece I still have one good surfaced face. I am glueing that surfaced face to the existing leg blank, then taking it to the jointer. Once I flatten the 1st wavy face I can go to my planer and make the 2nd veneer face parallel. I may loose a little extra thickness this way, but I think it’s the safer way to do it. The thought of taking a 1/4” piece of veneer to the jointer gave me chills…

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#4 posted 09-05-2009 06:59 AM

Thank you. That’s exactly the process I was looking for. Nicely done and well thought out. Did you come up with this, or did you find this technique somewhere?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 04:06 AM

ok…caught up to here…yippeee…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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