well, chris and i finished up an interesting claro walnut patchwork chest this week.
we had a little help on the snakeskin and leather from isaiah mccaulliffe and his crew
brown bomber jacket complement was from universal leather.
inside was northeast aromatic cedar paneling, planed thin to balance the veneered panels
the design was based on this claro walnut credenza we did for a client back in 2013.
we started with the cad drawing and a steel base by sam
and then we made a pile of shop sawn veneers from the various slab cutoffs we keep on hand
and worked our way through the process. first step is to cut the veneers to shape and
temporarily tape them together with masking tape while we fit the pieces to each other.
from the panel faces after they come out of the veneer bag.
once you've got the four panels cut to width and mitered, the next step is to glue up
the box. in this case, we glued mitered clamping cauls to the faces of the panels with
brown paper bag strips to hold them to the panels while we (gently) clamped them together.
as i recall, we glued first the two opposite corners, let them sit, then finished up with the
other two corners once the first pair were set.
we used the base as the reference for square and kept the pieces vertical with the L shaped
supports to keep the panels plumb and square ... we also clamped in a temporary
bottom of melamine to keep the case square.