A new dining room set for my wife! #36: Taping up the veneer.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-07-2011 01:33 AM 2529 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: Veneering starts, but first a little primer. Part 36 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 37: Let the pressing begin! »

Last time I showed you the center part of the top all taped up. This time I will go through the sequence I used to do the entire thing.

First I start with one edge. I use the blue tape to hold everything in place. I also use it to position the veneers tightly together before I apply the veneer tape.

I place the blue tape firmly on one piece of the veneer and then stretch it and stick it to the other piece. This will pull them tightly together. Afterwords I will remove the blue tape and put veneer tape in its place.

Then I attached the right side and one of the two top sections. I have to use two because the veneer wasn’t wide enough since I wanted all the grain in the field to run in one direction.

You can see here I have an over sized piece to fill the spot. This are the only two pieces that I will have to cut in place.
I position it under the parts already there the use them as my guide. I tape the piece in place along the straight edges so it won’t move.

After they are all in I tape down my scale again for this long trim cut. I don’t want the scale to move.

Then I follow with the maple strip the same way. For the angled cuts I start with one piece already taped in place making sure that it is long. Then put the next piece in place under it and cut across the two edges there they meet.
See the picture below. This will work on any angle you want.

I lightly cut the first pass then remove the piece under it and finish the cut. I will then do the same thing to mark the other piece and cut it.

Then I just do the same thing with the dark material to finish it out.

Here is it all taped up:

Here it is flipped over showing the side that will get glued down.

And then later in the day, the other end all done and setup to show what the finished top will look like.

Next I will break out the veneer press!

-- 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 06-07-2011 01:45 AM

Wow! That’s a nice step by step. All looks tight together.

That is a very nice top.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 02:07 AM

Dang this is fun to watch.
Good job Gary.
I now have something to look forward to tomorrow.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 02:31 AM

Just like I guess earlier… It will have optical illusion because of the grains pattern and the geometry of the design. I bulge in the corners like an octahedron. Beautiful and so accurately done. Quite easy to look how you do it. I may try it someday…

-- Bert

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 02:55 AM

Thanks Gary this is an excellent tutorial. Someday I might even get the courage to try it :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 03:50 AM

very nice !!!!

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 04:06 AM

Great job!!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 04:16 AM

Gary Nice job on the assembly

-- 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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#8 posted 06-07-2011 04:22 AM

Gary, I have been watching this series closely, but have not commented on anything because:
1. The skill set if so far above me that I have absolutely nothing to add, and figured you may get tired of a repeated, “WOW!”
2. “WOW!”
3. Yep. That “wow” is all I got. Other than that, everytime I look at your work, I am just speechless.
I’m through. I just thought it was time to say that. I often want to comment on your work, but never have nothing to say on your projects, besides, well, WOW!.


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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 05:28 AM

Again, you’re succeeding very nicely…

Keep your Timex on…
Keep on a tickin… LOL

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

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 05:42 AM

One question, Gary, how does your wife like it so far?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 06:19 AM

this is turning out great Gary, keep the posts coming enjoying watching your progress and learning a few new things as well!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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Gary Fixler

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 09:54 AM

The press! I’m so nervous! It looks amazing so far.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 11:35 AM

Amazing as always. Love watching this. Even Blondie asks to see your updates on this project! It going to be one of a kind! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 06-07-2011 04:22 PM

Beautiful top Gary.

Look fwd for the press !!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much

-- Back home. Fernando

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