Veneered Tray - Lg Mouth Bass

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Project by Yettiman posted 07-26-2008 04:23 PM 2085 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Here’s my first attempt at veneering. I needed to have a project, as I not too good at practicing for the sake of it. Which is why it takes me sooo looong to improve I guess :).

I made the tray out of aln old back door, as I am too stingy to throw away old timber away. Not as much of it was usable as it might first appear. Lots of joints make most of it fairly unusable; I didn’t know doors were that complicated :)

So why a Bass? I hear you ask, well if not actually ask, maybe mildly curious. Well I am a keen fisherman, who for his sins, is hooked (sorry about that) on Bass fishing, not a sensible fish to choose given I live in the UK and only get to go to the US once every couple of years.

So a bass it had to be.

I started by removing all of the hardware from the Door and then cut it up into ‘lumps’ along the joint lines.

This got the two sides (I think these are called Stiles) and three rails, along with two panels.

The panels I fed through my Thicknesser to give my the substrate for the tray bottom. I used one of the Stiles for the tray sides.

The main part of the veneer was Pear, I bookmatched this for the bottom, but did not do this for the inside as the fish pattern would take up most of the tray.

I cut the veneer out using a Birdmouth jig I made out of MDF, it took AGES. I used a jewelers saw, with the finest blade I could buy. I broke loads, each time the blade came into contact with the jig, the pressure broke the blade, but I learnt and that’s the most important thing.

Short grain on the fin veneer caused a few interesting moments and I had to redo these several times.

I am very happy with the way it turned out, particularly to wavy effect on the Pear backdrop, just like a underwater effect

Here is the last piece of the door not sure how much I will get out of this piece, but you never know …

So here it is, comments welcome, but be gentle it was my first :)

I was also quite happy with the mitres, they took a bit of tweaking with a shoulder plane, but they seem to fit ok, in the end

And here is the close up, shows most of the flaws, but also the wazy effect

By the way this is also my first project posting, just so much good stuff on this site

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 04:27 PM

very beautiful marquetry beautiful work

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 04:29 PM

That’s wonderful; looks like you’ve been doing marquetry for years.

-- Gary, Florida

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 04:34 PM

Very nice. This is an area of interest to me and I like this tray a lot.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 04:36 PM

Thank you,

I am not happy with the pictures, but it is my first posting, and I got them slightly wrong.

I tried to resize them, but as you can see did not get it quite right.

As my teachers used to say “Must strive to do better next time” :)

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 05:18 PM

very nice work! thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 05:21 PM

The bass is excellent. I love this tray!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-26-2008 05:23 PM

I certainly wouldn’t beat yourself up over that post! This looks great! I think you did a terrific job on this tray, and it looks like you’ve been doing marquetry for a long time. Job well done!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 05:47 PM

Great marquetry. Very nice tray!

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

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Callum Kendall

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#9 posted 07-26-2008 09:37 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 07-26-2008 10:22 PM

great description of the process and the tray is wonderful!

Fish and chips anyone??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 07-27-2008 02:33 AM

Nice job with the tray. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 02:40 AM

Very nice looking tray. Great job on the bass. Good selections of wood.

-- 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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#13 posted 07-27-2008 06:31 AM

Beautiful tray, the Bass looks like something that I wish I had on my line.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 07-27-2008 06:17 PM

Very nice!

-- Craig, Riverside California -- There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 07-27-2008 06:51 PM

It looks perfect, I can’t believe this is your first, fantastic!

If you’re not satisfied with your images, you can click on edit, once you figured how to enlarge, & edit them.

Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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