Project Overview – Preparing Veneer

Project Overview – Preparing Veneer

Below is step-by-step process of how I make a vanity top using Maple veneer.

The top itself is about 15” wide and will need 3 pieces of 5” wide veneer strips be joined together. I bought some commercial veneer that is 1/16” thick and just a bit more than 5” wide. After ripping it to rough length, I needed to make the edges of each piece of veneer perfectly straight so they could be glued together. The process is much like working with thick wood with a few small differences.

 

STEP 1

Creating Maple veneer vanity top by Greenwood Bay Woodworking in Houston, TX
Here are two of the pieces that will be joined together. Each piece has been marked to assure I keep everything in order.

 

STEP 2

Creating Maple veneer vanity top by Greenwood Bay Woodworking in Houston, TXI took the two pieces that will be joined together, and folded them on top of each other, almost as if they were a book. I am pointing at the edge that will be joined.

 

STEP 3

Creating Maple veneer vanity top by Greenwood Bay Woodworking in Houston, TXKeeping the edges aligned, both pieces are placed on this ledger board.

 

STEP 4

Creating Maple veneer vanity top by Greenwood Bay Woodworking in Houston, TX

Another board is placed on top to make a “sandwich” with the both pieces of veneer in between the two outer boards. The entire piece is then clamped together.

 

STEP 5

Creating Maple veneer vanity top by Greenwood Bay Woodworking in Houston, TXI use a hand plane to take several light passes along the edge. It’s important to have a well-tuned hand plane with a razor sharp edge to get the best result. If everything is aligned correctly, this will result in two perfectly matched edges.

 

STEP 6

Creating Maple veneer vanity top by Greenwood Bay Woodworking in Houston, TX
Everything worked out just as planned. There are no gaps and everything is ready for gluing up.

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