In describing this, I have to assume that you, the reader,
have some level of expertise in working with veneer Ė it is
simply not possible for me to describe all the basics of
veneer work here.
There are two
rules of veneer work that I want to remind you about:
Always work (cut) from the
glue face, and
Veneer tape only goes on
the show face.
Let me start by describing some of the tools required for
this project Ė please see the picture below.
Starting from the left, we have
a sponge sitting in a container of water. This is used
to wet the veneer tape. Next, is the template for
cutting the pieces of veneer for the compass rose.
This template is for 16 pieces to make up a disk. You
can make your own template but describing how to make one,
and verify its accuracy, is beyond the scope of this
article. Above the template is a brass brush which is
used to brush the veneer tape after itís applied to get it
to lay smooth.
To the right of the template is
a straightedge used when cutting veneer. You do not want to
use a steel straightedge. Your straightedge should be of a
soft metal, like brass or aluminum, so that you do not ruin
the edge on your knives when cutting veneer.
To the right of
the straightedge and at the top of the picture is the veneer
tape, and next to that is 3/4 inch blue painterís tape.
Weíll use the blue tape a lot.
Below the tape are a veneer saw
and two Japanese marking knives. Two Cherries makes a very
good veneer saw, and Woodcraft carries a no-name that is
every bit as good as the Two Cherries. The Woodcraft saw is
less than $10. But no matter what saw you buy, itís not
ready to use from the store. It requires preparation
(sharpening) which is beyond the scope of this article. Search the web and youíll find descriptions of how to
prepare a veneer saw for use.
I use the Japanese marking
knives for cutting veneer. Other people use different
things. Some people use a chisel as a knife, while others
use things such as a scalpel. Whatever you use, it should
fit your hand well and you should keep it extremely sharp.
Next to the knives is a sanding
block. This cannot be your furniture sanding block Ė it must
be very flat. The one I have here is a piece of MDF with
some P150 grit sandpaper glued to it. Weíll use this a lot.
The other tools are a 6 inch
scale and a compass. Also included are pieces of walnut and