Box making Curved Front Box #10: The second veneer run and trim work commences

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-20-2013 09:19 AM 2749 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Veneer Flattening Process Part 10 of Box making Curved Front Box series Part 11: Front Alternative method »

I had a couple of days consumed while the veneer was softened and flattened.
Then I was busy again applying the finishing veneer layer to the outside.

Lots of selecting of matching grain gluing clamping trimming and the repeating the process for each section.

Once all that was all done I then began producing the trim I cut the profile sections on the band saw and then dimensioned them in the drum sander.

I then set up the shaper to route the trim rabbet.

After a couple of test runs I was confident the setting was what I needed.

So I routed the jig to confirm all was OK

I added some sections of the trim and taped it on temporarily to re confirm all was OK

Then it was onto the actual box

The 90 deg surfaces were done with a fence and the curved profile the fence was removed and it was done free hand.

I had some tear out in two sections for some reason.
It was a bit disappointing to have that happen, see a very large section on the front top, but nothing I could do with it at the moment.

No doubt it had something to do with end grain but did not repeat as badly on the same section of the lid.

Nothing some wood filler cannot rectify later.

I did a temporary fit up of the curved trim to see just how much profile work I have to do tomorrow

I also noticed some other minor chipping again, which will have to be corrected later.

Overall a very nervous day was put in and mixed results obtained,

I was particularly concerned about routing the curved front but as it turned out the chip out and minor splinter was more of a concern.

Tomorrow its on with the trim and determine some fixes for the damage.

Its slowly getting there, I think the main fabrication work is complete and its now detail finishing time

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 10:23 AM

Damage can usually be fixed, so don’t get discouraged. The box is coming along very well. You might also consider fixing with veneer instead of filler. It isn’t so difficult to cut a piece for insert, outline on the surface, cut out the damaged piece and glue in the replacement piece. Just a thought.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 03:19 PM

Cutting a score line with utility knife prior to routing helps prevent the veneer damage. As Stefang mentioned; this can be fixed. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Julian

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