Box making Curved Front Box #13: The trim drives me nuts or more frustrating errors

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-24-2013 02:58 AM 1452 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: The Trim work Commences Part 13 of Box making Curved Front Box series Part 14: Starting the internal trays »

I completed the trim so today start to finish the edges today.

I had no end of problems,
1. The box is really too big for any of my equipment.
a. My Router bits are not really geared o the size as well but saved my bacon !!
b My ability to sand something that big, specifically the box body the lid not so bad.

All this work I created no end of ongoing errors,

More veneer tear out, and in the same area so its definitely a glue up problem give myself an uppercut!
Trying to remove any PVA based glue is an absolute nightmare, Oh woo is me!

Now I know why HHG is used for veneer.

Anyway with that said here is todays results warts and all!

Trimming the front curved surface, even that was a problem as I realised I needed to route in both directions from the center due to the grain direction

So away I went in one direction.

Then because I cannot reverse my shaper, I stop, swap out bits reverse the work piece and go again.

Eventually the curved fronts are done, and they look OK!

Then onto the sides and back , and what should be almost straightforward, up comes some more veneer !!! and a trim decides to tear out, again possibly me going against the grain again. Something I didn’t even consider.

Cannot do anything about it just yet so I just leave it

Commence sanding starting at 180 Grit, that was at least enjoyable (if there is such a thing in the sanding world

I did my tests Jig and then applied a coat of tung oil to check what it may look like

This little project is really starting to disturb my bowels, so I had to take some time out again and this time make some dunny roll holders, for a friend.

I will keep going, maybe later !! but it will get finished, !!

Lesson learned:
1. When adding trim ensure the grain direction is all one way. ( Or don’t even think of going near a router!
2. Go buy some HHG equipment or stop doing veneer work. so you can get the stuff off completely instead of having to use a patching method. Credits Stefang!
3. Don’t build things bigger than your finishing equipment.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 04:32 AM

Part of your veneer problem may be the result of inadequate pressing. One nice thing about HHG is that you can hammer veneer and not worry about clamping pressure.
At least you are learning, but I’ll bet you get a pretty nice box at the end of all this as well.

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

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 10:26 AM

It is still looks good Robert so I hope you don’t get too discouraged with it. I’m not knocking machine tools, but for one-offs you might consider hand planing the trim instead of routing. You could probably do the curved parts very nicely with a round bottom spokeshave and a card scraper. No jigs needed and you can keep much better control of the work. I also think you deserve credit for blogging this build, warts and all as I think we all go through this same process many times with projects that represent new challenges to us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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