Sunday, June 30, 2013

Back at square one

With all that prior experience under my belt it's time to start building a chessboard ... again.  This time I have started by cutting dovetails for a simple box from mountain ash.  I quite enjoy cutting dovetails even if it is a bit time consuming.  I used to struggle marking out dovetails with a square and bevel gauge until I made my dovetail gauge from 2mm aluminium angle which is much easier.  After reading the Oregon Woodworker post about using masking tape to assist in layout I am happy to report another step forward in cutting dovetails.  I have always struggled seeing the layout lines against the wood grain but adding masking tape makes the process much easier.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lesson's learned

Well, after two weeks of tinkering with veneering in my spare time, I now have a couple of scrap panels to add to my collection of scrap wood.  I have managed a passable checker board panel but all the other faces have serious flaws.  I have sanded through the finish veneer in a couple of places trying to get an even flat surface and my diamond pattern reverse panel has too many gaps.  I have really struggled working with my Australian cedar because it is extremely soft.  Time to cut my losses and start from scratch.  I know I can put together a good checker board panel but next time I'm not going to over extend myself by doing more veneering than I have to to get the job done.  Instead of laying veneer on removable panels I will integrate the veneer work into the storage box.  I will probably stick with hoop pine and cedar for the squares but I will make the box and first layer of veneer out of hardwood.

I think it was Einstein who said "A person who has never made a mistake has never tried to do anything new".

Friday, June 14, 2013

A sign of things to come

There have been a few interesting project requests associated with Mrs Tinkerers new hobby, weaving.  First it was dent hooks, then shuttles, now a warping board.  Most designs I have seen had a half lap and peg in each corner.  I have cut a half lap but left some overhang to provide more rigidity along with a bolt and thumb screws so that the frame can be dismantled and packed away.

Looking forward to the next challenge.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Veneering trials

With precisely zero knowledge or experience in veneer work the plan is to follow Matt Furjanic's instructions from his veneering101 video.  Initially I cut and dressed a batch of hoop pine and Australian cedar to 1mm thickness and glued a couple of squares to some scrap plywood just to see if it would work as a chess board.  Then I made up an MDF core framed in cedar and applied a diagonal veneer.  Matt Furjanic tells us this is to prevent "telegraphing".  I have no idea what that means but I get the impression it is not some thing I want in the finished piece.  With the risk of "telegraphing" under control I cut each square and taped them together with plain masking tape.  With the addition of a thin two colour frame the veneer layer was glued, clamped and trimmed.

So far so good.