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Old 05-24-2014, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default Question for Carole:Veneer for bows

I'm getting ready to do a bow box from your box book. I purchased the veneer; it seems like 0.6 mm veneer is pretty thin. Do you only use one layer of veneer, or do you need to put multiple layers to get a better line of color?

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Rob, if you're referring to the oval bow box, I used single layers of veneer for the red and yellow pieces.

However, although the red was quite thin (and dyed veneer does tend to be thin), the yellow was thicker since that was homemade veneer, left over from re-sawing a piece of yellowheart. The red was dramatic enough to use in the single layer, but there's no reason why you couldn't double any piece to get more intense color if you prefer that look. I've found that three stacked pieces of dyed veneer come to about 1/16", which helps guide my calculations when developing a new lamination pattern.

When I'm trying out color combinations, I stack small pieces of the woods I'm considering to see what they look like, and what thickness they total out to. For the box project, you need a thickness of about 7/8" for the pattern to fit properly. Try out various combinations, with and without doubling, using small strips, and see what looks best.

Veneer thicknesses can vary, but as long as you end up with the correct total thickness for your lamination, you can do whatever you like and the pattern will work without adjustment.

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Originally Posted by handibunny View Post
you can do whatever you like and the pattern will work without adjustment.
Thanks for the feedback. I guess I've spent too many years doing nuclear engineering on Navy submarines. The concept of "do whatever you like" was beaten out of us in the first few months, and replaced with "follow the instructions without fail"!!

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