Applique #1: Testing, testing

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 08-26-2014 07:36 PM 1871 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not sure if applique is the right term here. I’ve started exploring designs with a basic background with contrasting pieces of wood ( of varying thickness ) glued on. This is the first test piece

It’s a piece of Birch ply, dyed black ( spirit based dye ). I usually use spray Acrylic finish these days. I tried using this as an adhesive. I then made up a pattern of 2 mm strips of Sycamore veneer on some transparent library film ( the sticky sort ) and applied this ( veneer side down ) to the wet finished base board. but with no result.

After allowing a couple of hours to dry (it usually goes off in 10 minutes) the pattern came straight off the base board so the next time I applied a uniform coat of PVA glue to the board instead. As this dries transparent it doesn’t affect the background colour. Positive result this time. Acrylic finish should also take to the whole pattern/ base board as well.

That’s all for now.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 07:39 PM

Applique sounds like a good description of the technique to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 07:57 PM

Thanks, Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 08:13 PM

Good read – I could see a use for this with my CNC Router as well.

Must keep this in mind.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 08:33 PM

Have you solved your deep dying problem? The spirit based dye should penetrate birch well but may not get too deep on harder woods. As we discussed, I use vacuum impregnation to get all the way through but if you have discovered a low surface tension dye that accomplishes this without the vacuum hassle, please let me know!

I wonder if you will have to counter veneer the bottom surface of thin (<6mm) substrates if you apply less than 100% veneer on the top surface? I have never heard of partially covering a substrate with varying thickness woods and suspect you are heading into uncharted waters once again.

I anxiously await where this new line of exploration leads.

-- Ray, Lakeland, FL

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 01:04 PM

I will watch with interest. This will be a good learning experience for us all. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 09-10-2014 02:08 AM

OK, don’t leave us hanging! Where did you go from here?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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