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#1 posted 12-02-2018 08:01 PM

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The picture makes a lot of difference. Is the ebony just the border around the maple or is there a strip between the maple pieces?
> ebony border outlines all major pieces. See attached above. I’ll try to attach a top-down photo to this message. Ebony strips are about 1/8 wide.

To keep thinks manageable I think I would try to get the ends done first probably one at a time. This would include the ebony strips and the maple pieces.
> ok

I would recommend Old Brown Glue and whatever you have for pressure. First choice mechanical press, second vacuum, third clamps and slightly curved cauls. All will work.
> will have to be mechanical press using clamps and blocks. Would love to use a vac bag, but not sure that I have enough time to apply OBG, then place pieces in sections, then get it all in the bag. Or?

> With your earlier suggestion on cauls (hadn’t heard about them before), ... seems that I would need enough cauls side by side to cover the entire top, because of the number of different sized pieces and the layout, eh?

> OBG … have done some reading on it. Seems that it needs to applied hot? That could make things interesting.
> Would PPR glue be easier to handle?

Once that is secure you can get the amaranth done and finally the smaller pieces. They could go in as a group with tape.
> great idea to group amaranth with medallion

Dry fit as much as you can to be sure things will fit and be prepared to make little adjustments if necessary.
> right. great suggestion

When all that is back together you could give the other pieces a little pry to see if they come off. They will be easier to place with the centre all done.
> Ah, OK. makes sense.

Does that sound doable to you?
> very helpful comments. Many thanks. This is evening enjoyment after regular work, so quite likely I would need to do it in steps.

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