Oak Boat Bed #4: Applying the Veneer

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 02-28-2012 11:56 AM 6630 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Unlike my normal boat bed, this one will not be painted. It will be built in oak. Using oak on most of the project is, for the most part, straight forward. Not much different the using the maple and MDF on the painted version, until we come to the Bow of the Boat (AKA the toy box).

Since we have a curved bow, a veneer must be used over the bending plywood. In prepping, I make sure all my staples are driven. I also fill all staple holes and imperfections with Bondo. This will keep those voids form telegraphing through the veneer.

After the veneer is sanded the veneer is applied. Since I don’t have a vacuum system, I’ll use a contact cement to apply the veneer. I double coat both the bow and the veneer and let them dry until they are tacky. With the contact cement there is not second chance. Once it is stuck it is there. I lay down some cardboard on the bow to keep the veneer from sticking prematurely. Once I am satisfied with the position, one at a time I pull out the cardboard pieces and stick the pieces. Once everything is down. I used a J-roller to press it down securely.

The veneer is trimmed with a router and cleaned up with a file and sand paper.

Pictures of the veneer
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Gary helping with the veneer

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