A new dining room set for my wife! #33: Gluing up the top!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-03-2011 10:06 PM 2330 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Starting on the top Part 33 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 34: Getting ready to veneer! »

Someone in the last blog asked about the vacuum pump I would be using. Well, it’s your standard one I made from the plans found at Joe the Woodworkers's site.

It works great.

Here I’m gluing up one of the table top ends.

And here they are all done with one more in the press.

The last part in the press. It’s one of the leaves.

Here I’m clamping some spacers I will use to support the veneer that I will leave a little long when gluing in the press.

I will wax them and put them at the front and back edges. They will keep the press from bending the veneer over the edge of the top. There is no way to perfectly line up the veneer with the edge of the top so I will leave it long.

Before I apply veneer I will trim the pieces to the exact length and leave about 1/4” on each side for trimming later. Now you might ask why I just don’t cut the entire thing to size.

Well, there’s two reasons. First, like I said above it will give me some room to trim.

Secondly and the most important part is that I will drill 1/8” holes through the veneer and into the top once I have the veneer positioned exactly where I want it.

I will put little 1/8” dowels in the holes pegging the veneer in place to keep it from sliding around when in the press.
Since I will trim this off afterward, you won’t even know they were used.

Now you are asking yourself, why I just don’t the that to all four sides? Well, I want those two finished edges as my references when doing the veneer.

Next I should be starting the veneering. Right now I am experimenting with my choice of veneers and how I plan on finishing them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 11:54 PM


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#2 posted 06-04-2011 12:01 AM

You’re on a roll Gary!! Lookin’ Good!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 02:24 AM

Very good!

Last month, or so, I got a few Space Bags… those clothing storage bags where you put the clothes in then use a plain ole vacuum to suck the air out. In using them, I found it very surprising on how well it sucked all the air out! It would sure beat a hand-pump!

I have a JUMBO Bag that I thought I’d try it out on some small job… maybe veneering a box parts, etc.
I’d be willing to bet that it would work! Has anyone else tried it?

Gary, looking better & better!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 03:02 AM

Looking great Gary. I had made up my own Veneering setup and a few years later I ran across Joe’s site and I built the storage tahk setup that you have.

I’ve never had a problem with the pump starting up when under full vacuum but I also put on the MAC valve and the small storage also.

My pump is so heavy so it just sits on the floor and I have a fitting to hook it up to the storage tanks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 03:28 AM

Looking Good, Gary.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 05:36 AM

Great job, love the detail. keep em coming.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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