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post #1 of 32 Old 10-23-2012, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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This is my first attempt at veneer.
I got 13 forstner bits at a garage sale recently, but there was no case or a holder for them. I like to keep my tools in as neat as order as I can. Lol
So I decided to make a box for them ( inspired by chain carver Steve ). I was going to make it out of walnut when I figured it would be best if I did it out of plywood. Then I remembered I had some walnut veneer laying around, so I used what I had, and this is what I came up with.
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I still need hinges, and put a light finish on it.
This is out of my ordinary. Lol

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Very nicely done !

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looks awesome. Great work

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Outstanding man!!!! I like it alot!!
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Those bits came in a great looking box.





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Lol, you like that?

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Lol, you like that?
Heck yeah. What I do is make the box as one piece, and then cut the top off. If veneered, lay whole pieces for the sides and front and back, and slice off the pieces for the top, side, front & back, so the grain is continuous (looks like one piece). Allow enough overage for minimal trimming.





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Heck yeah. What I do is make the box as one piece, and then cut the top off. If veneered, lay whole pieces for the sides and front and back, and slice off the pieces for the top, side, front & back, so the grain is continuous (looks like one piece). Allow enough overage for minimal trimming.




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How do you cut the box for the lid? On a tablesaw? The veneer was 2" wide strip, so that wouldn't of worked. But thanks for the tip.

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How do you cut the box for the lid? On a tablesaw? The veneer was 2" wide strip, so that wouldn't of worked. But thanks for the tip.
Yes...on the tablesaw. If you only have narrow veneer, Lay out all your pieces and match up grain as close as possible. Use a metal straightedge, and cut mating edges to glue them up to look like one piece. As you cut the veneer, use an X-Acto knife and draw the cut at a sight angle, so when they get mated together, only a sharp slightly pointed edges are touching. Flat edges can allow a slight line. When matching up the mating pieces, mark them for their orientation to each other.

As an example, the doors on the cabinet below are veneered, which were made up of narrow pieces.
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Thanks cab. Yours looks good. The bottom of the box is 2" so I used a strip around it. As far as the top, I tried to match the grain as much as possible. I literally had a 2" x 2" strip left over. I barely had enough.
Cutting it on an angle is something I didn't know.
Cool. Thanks for that. Being a box for bits it's more than I need. Lol
I'm thinking of making wooden hinges for it.
Got any experience with that? Or tips?
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I'm thinking of making wooden hinges for it.
Got any experience with that? Or tips?
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Looks good, however, next time you need walnut, shoot me a call, text, pm, etc. LOL.

I've never worked with veneer, I've always been lucky to have 2 sawmills close by that have walnut cheap, which allows me to make anything from solid material.

However, I've learned the past year that plywood is an asset, glue ups aren't bad, and I'm veneer curious now.

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Looks good, however, next time you need walnut, shoot me a call, text, pm, etc. LOL.

I've never worked with veneer, I've always been lucky to have 2 sawmills close by that have walnut cheap, which allows me to make anything from solid material.

However, I've learned the past year that plywood is an asset, glue ups aren't bad, and I'm veneer curious now.

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Thanks Jim. Lol
I have a ton of walnut, I just didn't want to use it for just a box for my forstners, so I had this veneer laying around and figured why not?
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Nice looking box. As you mentioned, not the normal rustic approach.

Glad to see you will be taking good care of the W.German Forstner bits, especially since you almost broke the bank to get them.

Good article by C'man.

Incra have a video on making these with a router table.

http://www.incrementaltools.com/INCR...ngecrafter.htm

They also sell a nice, but expensive drill guide. I think if the two halves fit together and you have a drill press, you should be able to drill the hinge hole.

In case you want something simpler, I have used these SOSS barrel hinges. A couple of holes push in place, lock with a small screw and you are finished.

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Thanks Dave. I'm in the process of making hinges for it. Here's a sneak peak. Lol


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Spalted maple.

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That will be a terrific contrast.
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Hey cool. Those are the first spalted hinges I've ever seen! The look good Dom!
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Way to raise the bar on bit storage, yer killn` me... (lol) Seriously, great job- but I wonder if the other bits are jealous....
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Nice work! Love the contrasting wood!
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Well I finished up all my hinges, and a hasp for closing. All spalted maple. This is also my first go at making wood hinges. They were fun to make.
Who knows? Might have found a new craft. Except it will be a solid wood.
I'll I need is a finish on it.
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