|Forum topic by Eric_S||posted 11-23-2009 10:14 PM||1183 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
11-23-2009 10:14 PM
I got around to laying out the pieces for the nightstansd I designed and am starting to work on: http://lumberjocks.com/Eric_S/blog/11826. I layed the pieces onto my cherry lumber, and heavy figured curly cherry 4/4 for the top/panels/and drawer fronts. But then I realized that this is probably a bad idea. Curly isn’t stable right? I also realized I’m probably better off resawing these 3 pricey 4/4 boards of curly cherry into veneers. I’m pretty new to woodworking and haven’t tried veneer yet nor do I know how to really do it. I’ve read a few articles on it but not too much…I know I need to veneer both sides and if I use solid wood it should be oriented in same direction as the solid wood grain. I’ve also seen two methods of how its done, the double pot with veneer hammer, and the veneer press.
This is my first large scale fine woodworking project so I will definitely need practice before I try on the real pieces. I also don’t want to spend a lot more on wood, and probably will have enough if I dont waste all the curly on a few pieces.
Am I correct in thinking that for a top of a nightstand and side panels, solid pieces of curly probably won’t be stable, even with breadboards?
I am now clueless into what I should do. I like to learn difficult skills by being thrown right into them, even for beginner projects. I think I may have to re-layout all my pieces if I go this route though because I am also using 1/2” curly cherry for the two drawer fronts.
On a similar note, I still need to buy 8/4 wood for the legs. Is quartersawn the only way to go for legs or will normal cherry be ok? Is their an alternative wood you can recommend that will look good complementing or contrasting a natural(no dye or stain to darken) cherry finish. I think I have just reached my skill limit here.
Some guidance would be greatly appreciated.
-- - Eric Noblesville, IN