Laptop Desk: Episode 8

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Paul uses wood from a single board to create the three lids for the bins as well as the veneer. Before the lids are separated, they are beveled, shaped and rebated. Then the veneers are cut and planed to thickness in preparation.

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  1. bytesplice on 16 August 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks. About the veneer thickness jig – Are the thickness guides glued or double sided taped into place?
    Also, how does one ensure the thickness of the guides themselves are accurate?
    There is potential for a tools and techniques video here.

  2. Ben Elbert on 16 August 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Impressive hand sawing veneer. I love this project. I hope there are more advanced projects like this one in the future.

  3. bytesplice on 17 August 2017 at 1:53 am

    About the veneer thickness jig – how were the guides thicknessed evenly to 1/16? Were they glued of double-side taped to the plywood?

    • Philip Adams on 17 August 2017 at 9:49 am

      Paul said the key is to keep the piece long when cutting and planing it to a gauge line. So plane an edge true, then mark to 1/16″, cut on the waste side leaving enough to plane to the line. You can clamp one end to the bench when planing to the gauge line. Then cut it to the required lengths. Does that help?

    • jakegevorgian on 19 August 2017 at 5:06 am

      Frank, usually double sided tape works for the rails. Just to be safe, I usually put a screw up against the rails and (where the plane exits) so that it helds that taped rail in place well. Make sure the screw doesn’t catch the plane obviously

    • fudoka on 30 August 2017 at 3:47 pm

      This is definitely one of those catch 22 situations – you need 1/16″ strips to make a plane jig to make 1/16″ strips.

  4. Farred on 17 August 2017 at 4:54 am

    When Paul into’d this project, I knew it wasn’t something I’d ever build–not a style I like–but as he shows in this video, there are so many techniques that translate to other projects, like creating veneers.

    • jakegevorgian on 19 August 2017 at 5:10 am

      All of the works that Paul shows have got so much info in it. Although, however I’m catching up with him, I think that sometimes novice woodworkers may not fully understand the techniques. So discussion is encouraged.

  5. Matt Vredenburg on 2 September 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Having some technical issues with the video. I am trying to fast forward and everytime I try, the video plays the beginning title section and starts from the beginning. Sometimes it fast forwards, but eventually it jumps back tot he beginning.

  6. Patrick Rippl on 27 July 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Hey Team Sellers!

    I recently ran into a problem using veneering for side panels in a bed side table build. After a few weeks (and admittedly a change in humidity) the veneers started to crack, mostly at the glue lines between two veneers (I used seven 40mm wide strips of veneer to cover a panel).
    Is that generally to be expected when veneering larger surfaces, or might my veneers be too thick (approx. 2mm) or could it be the movement of the substrate (plywood in my case)? I’m a bit lost at the moment.

    Thanks for your advice!

    • Katrina Sellers on 2 August 2022 at 11:26 am

      I asked Paul and this was his reply:

      Did you do both sides of the panel? Generally whenever we veneer a substrate we do both sides. This evens out the intake of atmospheric moisture making the substrate more controlled. This could be the source of your problem.

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