Box making Curved Front Box #8: Veneer run No 1

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-15-2013 09:22 AM 1809 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some interesting progress was made today, the front caul and veneer trim Jig have been made.

The front caul tested and produced some good results.

The Veneer Caul.

I made it from the off cuts plus two more to get the depth required.
gave it a dry fit up and everything looked OK.

Here is a view of the reversed panel base I used.

I found a couple of veneer pieces for the base material which would fit nicely so on they went.

The top of the lid I did inside the garage

The lower front of the base in progress.

Then it was onto the front of the lid.

The finished result.

The gap at the bottom was intentional as the trim will go in here.

Hopefully the flattening will be finished tomorrow and its time to do it all over again using the finishing veneer.

The Veneer trim jig will get a test run next

A closing P.S. I messaged Roger Bean and he replied with a very in depth report on my progress.

One of the most important observations made was that I had used real wood which is a candidate for twisting warping and all sorts of future possible problems.

So a lesson learned, use ply MDF or any other composite material for this type of project.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 10:18 AM

It looks great so far Robert. I’m not disputing Roger’s advice, but remember that before MDF and other composite materials were developed only solid woods were used as substrates and there are thousands upon thousands of veneered pieces hundreds of years old that still look great, so it is not a given that you will encounter problems.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 02:52 PM

Looking very nice.
Is that a porta-power you are using to press? ....... should give you enough force….
I think I would have oriented the grain the other way (vertically) but I’m sure you had your reasons and that it will be fine this way.
Personally, I hate MDF but it is stable and I hate using it quite frequently. :-)

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

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#3 posted 11-15-2013 03:02 PM

This is looking really nice and I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-15-2013 06:16 PM

Some feed back.
Thanks guys good to get some progress again.

Yes I agree and I hope I do not have any problems, but I guess time will tell.

We had a large curved (including the Glass) front display cabinet in our family home when I was a kid and it always opened and closed perfectly.


Yes its a Hydraulic Car Body repair Kit, a very useful item around the home and workshop!
The veneer orientation was simply a case of the best fit as I only had two small sheets that matched.

I went back and redid the strip at the bottom later as I didn’t want to have an uneven surface for the finishing veneer regardless of the fact it will get routed out for the trim.
Agree regarding MDF it was originally my intention to use it but the furry finish aspect swayed me off it.

The dolls house I made for the Grand daughter was almost all MDF or HDF, HDF being the better product to work with not much difference characteristics wise still falls apart on absorption of moisture but does produce better edge finishes, good for pattern making !

I was impressed with your HHG videos!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-15-2013 06:58 PM

Just a note about HHG / MDF.

One of the great advantages of HHG is that you can reverse it with heat and moisture. This is a recipe for disaster with MDF. The heat / moisture application dissolves the MDF just a moment before the HHG liquifies and releases.

This is not a good thing.

-- 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 11-16-2013 03:25 AM

Looking real good Rob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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