Trays #4: Titanic Serving Trays Base work

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 03-26-2014 05:17 AM 1555 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The veneer I sliced up was prepared to use as a feature base for one of the trays.
Here is the progression work involved and a few photos.

First up I had to bookmatch the veneers as accurately as possible.
Then edge sand them to a perfect edge match
Tape them all together and prepare the base

For this I used Titebond II glue, mainly for its quick setting properties.

Then applied the veneer and rolled it on

Once I was happy with the positioning I assembled the veneer press.

You may see the sections at the top and also at the bottom that will need to be trimmed away in this photo,

After the glue has set I then sanded it in the drum sander to 120 Grit and applied a coat of shellac to seal it.

There are a couple of obvious defects in it.
1. There are saw marks on the center left section which I was not able to remove so they will have to stay and add to the character.
2.there is a small hole further down.

Unfortunately by the time I matched everything and completed the glue up the final size will be too small for a tray base.

This only became apparent upon trimming off the raggedy edges.

Regardless I have a very nice piece of Inlay veneered MDF.

Its a little disappointing not to be able to use it as intended bcause it took quite a lot of work to produce the final result.

Not distracting away from the fact I am impressed with the result and I guess that’s the learning process for you

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 05:53 AM

Going to be nice…..

-- 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 03-26-2014 07:33 AM

BEAUTIFUL! Robert, you’ve peaked on your learning curve. You’ll find a wonderful use for that piece I’m quite sure. Thanks for the blog. You’ve got a nice press also.

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 10:25 AM

an amazing piece for something special

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 12:04 PM

That’s a bummer Rob, but you have that fantastic piece of board to use for something else now.


-- 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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#5 posted 03-30-2014 03:45 PM

That looks really nice Rob. I’m sure you be able to use it for something. Meanwhile you got some great experience with a good result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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