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Project by MakingAMess posted 01-11-2013 05:46 PM 1519 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A display case that I made for my father to showcase his 1842 Springfield. He’s had it sitting in a closet for 30 years so I figured it was time to put it on display.
The back is bubinga veneer on 3/4 MDF. Trim is oak.
This was my first attempt at veneering and I will not try something this large again any time soon. I did some research on verneering and after talking with a few guys thought I could make it work.
Luckily I had enough bubinga to do it twice as you can see in photo 3 my first attempt resulted in a large split down the middle. I had neglected to properly manage the humidity and the differential expansion/contraction of the woods caused the veneer to split. On my second try I did a better job and there is only one small split at an edge.
Because of the highly figured grain of the bubinga there were a few ridges that caused me some grief when adhering the veneer down and trying to get all the air bubbles out. There are a few bubbles that I could not get out, but because of the grain pattern they are not too noticable. I would recommend using a vacuum press for this type of veneering project. If you do not have one or do not have access to one, I would suggest changing your design.
I am quite happy with how it turned out and am glad I tried my hand at veneering.

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 06:19 PM

Love the figuring. Nice work

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 08:19 PM

Really beautiful work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 11:15 PM

That is one nice case. For a gun that old and valuable, I wouldn’t display it- put it in a safe. JMHO.

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 02:09 AM

The end result was definately worth the trials you went through. A beautiful display case!

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 01:34 PM

I wonder if you had left the splits in the veneeer would folks have thought the case was as old as the rifle?

Beautiful outcome!

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