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Morris Chairs #3: Leg veneers and jointing

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Blog entry by Dave T posted 09-04-2009 04:58 AM 955 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.
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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.
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Told ya I had some waves. LOL. Next is glue up to the leg blanks
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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.
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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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smartlikestick

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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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Dave T

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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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