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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Using common veneer to create interest

It's amazing how small changes can make a big difference in the appearance of a project. I was impressed, early on, at the elegance of many lathe-turned segmented bowls, and discovered that veneer was often used to set off the different elements. I found that veneer could be used in the same manner with scrolled bowls or boxes that used a straight-sided ring between the upper and lower sets of angle-cut rings.

This box used three layers of veneer on either side of the maple burl center ring. The veneer was glued to the blank, clamped securely until completely dry, then cut. Veneer from common wood is not very expensive when bought in bulk, and all you need is an assortment of light and dark colors to achieve an effect that moves your project to the next level.


  1. Nice job Carole, must mean you have your shop up and running now!

  2. Wish it was! We're still in the planning stages, trying to figure out how to do this properly without breaking the bank. Sometimes having more options is more problematic than having only one way to go! I think in a few weeks, we should have all the plans in place and will be ready to roll. We have to figure out what we can do ourselves, and what will have to be farmed out.

    In the meantime, I'm using this as an opportunity to fill in the gaps with information that will be useful. That way, I can still be involved and helpful, which makes me feel a little better about the delay getting the shop going.

    It will come--not having a shop is not an option!!!

  3. Hi ,

    Where do you source your veneer from Carol ? A small tutorial on how you stick the veneer and any other tips would be handy :-)