I carved some time out and made some progress on my clock. This project used a special woodworking tool:
Yup, looks like a household iron. The difference? Well, none really, as it is a regular iron you’d use on shirts, but I use to put edge banding on stuff:
Here’s a view of the edge:
The miter servers two purposes – it looks nicer than a straight cut and it hides mistakes in cutting better.
The edge showing is 3/4 of an inch thick.
The way this works is that you apply PVA glue (yellow carpenter’s glue, or white glue) to the edge of the clock and to the back of the veneer. Then you let both dry overnight. When dry, you lay the veneer on the edge and apply heat with the iron. The heat of the iron reactivates the glue and as it cools you get wood glued to wood. It’s a great way to apply flat veneers to curved surfaces.
Not always easy. What you’re looking at is my second attempt as I screwed up big time the first time. But with a disc sander and more veneer here is a perfect joint.
and that’s the key to woodworking – knowing how to fix your mistakes.
If you need me – I’ll be out making mistakes in the shop,