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post #1 of 3 Old 07-21-2020, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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I am making a round top for a metal plant stand that DW likes. The shelf itself will be made of a 12 1/2" diameter circle cut out of a pair of glued-up off-cuts from our pre-finished engineered white oak flooring. The obvious problem is that the edges would show the 1/2" softwood (poplar?) cross-wise backing of the flooring planks and the 1/8" rough-cut bottom ply of soft wood.

I have in mind to cut a 40" strip of the white oak veneer off some flooring scrap, to about 1/16" thickness. A test piece proved that I can uniformly cut it that thin and that the material is limber enough at that thickness to bend readily around a 12 1/2" circle. Steaming or soaking are not options, since the material is factory finished and it would, I suspect, be damaged, so there will remain considerable springiness to the veneer.

The question is how to glue my home-made veneer to the outer diameter of the circle. Most especially how to cut the joining ends for a near invisible seam and to glue those ends so that they will not try to peel off. My thought now is to use Titebond III and to use a roller or maybe just a maple block to press it in place as I work around the circle.

I'm sure someone here must have done something similar and will have good advice for me.

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Getting them to a consistant 1/16 will be your problem. I won't run down my planer anymore than 1/8. I guess you could try one of those planer platforms...
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Since you can get the material prepped what you're doing is fine, sanding or scraping the cut edge to get a tight glue line may be needed.

Any well fitting joint will not be very visible, put the joint on the least visible edge. I would do a simple butt joint. A miter or scarf joint can be done, but adds a lot of work and potential for error.

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