So, the “machine” turned this:
And this is the lower part of the table. A top will be added to this. Then I will apply the veneers. In this case I am using maple veneers on a paper backing.
I am using a very sharp, rather flat carving gouge to trim the veneer. One wrong move and… well it’s not worth thinking about at this stage.
I don’t use a vacuum bag to clamp these veneers, primarily because I don’t have the set up. Instead I use just about every trick in the clamping book.
I am using weights, clamps (shop made and store bought) and long spring sticks that go up to the ceiling. I have a product known as kerf-board ontop of the veneer to help spread the clamping pressure. The most important thing is the glue I use. It is made for applying this particular kind of veneer, that is, paper backed veneer. It is a water based contact cement that you set by applying hand pressure with something known as a veneer hammer. The glue needs to be “dry stacked”, that is, have some pressure applied, for 24 hours after you use the veneer hammer, so that is what all of this in the above picture is about.
Just before writing this I just finished applying the final piece of veneer, the top piece, and will post the final finishing steps soon.