Walnut Sideboard – Veneered Panels
Below we can see one of the longer panels with its side lippings already glued on and the front lippings mortised and ready to be glued up.
And here the two smaller panels having their side lippings glued up.
I marked up the veneers, cut them and prepared them into packs.
Trimming the packs in a router set up.
A pack of veneers sandwiched between two sheets of MDF and then trimmed with a bearing cutter on the router.
Some of the packs trimmed and ready for taping together.
Book matching the veneer leafs prior to taping.
It’s best only to tape together enough veneers to press in one day. If the veneers are taped and left overnight the sellotape tends to stretch and can pull apart, causing glue lines during pressing.
Taping together veneers.
Using a small veneer roller to apply pressure to the tape.
Once they’re taped together the veneers can be held up to the light to see if there are any gaps between the leafs of veneer.
Dry run – all the panels laid out with their corresponding veneers on the pressing platens.
With the urea formaldehyde based glue applied and in the press, pulling a good vacuum of about 13psi.
The next morning, after taking the veneered panels out of the bag press, I removed the tape and scraped off any glue that had squeezed out during the night.
The veneered panel scraped, sanded and ready for cutting.