Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Substrates and Veneers

Things are moving along at a slow but steady pace. I've done all I can do to procrastinate getting into the marquetry, so I will be starting it tomorrow. 
No major mishaps yet. The thickness planer gave me a little trouble and shrunk the cabinet by almost an inch with it's snipiness. One lesson I keep learning over and over again is to be flexible with the design so to be able to adapt when these things happen.

After having success with lumber-core substrates in the veneered cabinet I did last year, I decided to use them again for this piece. After gluing them together it can be treated as a solid piece of wood.

They are made of 3/4" strips of poplar, each strip is oriented so that the grain alternates.

The thickness planer has had a lot of use lately and decided to take a chunk out of one of the substrates. It was repaired by gluing a snipe-shaped piece in the divot and flushing it off.

Once the substrates are cut to dimension, they are cross-banded with commercial aspen veneer.

These will be the two side panels, and top and bottom of the cabinet. "Bake-ins" were glued over the end-grain of the top and bottom before the cross-banding went on to provide a good glue surface for the edges that will go on after the veneers.

Sycamore veneers.

Boxwood. See the fourth one from the right?...planer ate it.

First critical glue-up!


  1. MMmmmmm that boxwood DO look kind of tastey, can you really blame that hungry planer? ... probably ha. That sucks. Yeah remember when it chewed up a whole 4-5" of the side of my Elm? GAH!
    Lumber core again huh, Yeah I probably like doing that better but plywood is so convenient when working with constant thicknesses.
    Are you getting any good belches out of that bench-space ;p

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