As part of the fine furniture course our first project was to produce a dovetailed box with a veneered mdf lid and bottom. I decided to go for an inlayed dovetail for the box with walnut as the box sides and maple as the inlay. For the veneered top i created a design based around my favourite boardgame, Catan. I used a mixture of natural veneer and stained Tabu veneer. I continued the house icon in the rest of the veneered panels throughout the box. I also created lipping for the box lid using timber cut from the box front and back to insure the grain pattern matches front and back. For the game components i made 2 mitred trays with maple keys and inserts. I positioned the inserts in the trays using mitred grooves and cross halving joints. For the bottom panels of each tray i continued the theme of the house icon as well.
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Finally i mitred the box using maple veneer keys.
I cut the maple inserts very carefully with a guillotine.
The finished bottom tray with book matched walnut veneer.
A photo of the jig from above.
For the trays i made a 45degree paring block jig. I created a rebate on the bottom of the jig to hold the material in place. This allowed me to chisel my mitred grooves without worrying about being 90.
The veneer was pressed in a bag as opposed to a cold press as i had so much tape. This made the iron essential when i was taking the tape off.
Veneer alost completer.
Building the veneer i struggled with the tree tops. Even with a template it was very difficult to get a tight fit with the mountain veneer underneath,.
Glue up. Some slight adjustments were needed to get square but i got there.
Next i cut the tails from the walnut and the pins on the maple side.
After cutting off the excess and flushing the maple you can see where the rebate was made.
First i cut a 3mm rebate in the bottom of the walnut. This would who as a continuous line when i made the final dovetails. I then made the maple dovetails.