Making a Patterned Veneer Block
Part 3: Assembly. First photo shows the assembly line. The blue strips are thin wood spacers with tape, so they don’t get glued to the pattern cell. The only real trick at this point is to first apply a light coat of glue to size the endgrain edges. Then plenty of glue and rubber bands to clamp.
Once dry, a quick swipe with the block plane to flatten one overhang edge. Over to the router table and use a spiral cut flush trim bit to remove overhang and square up the sides. Glue the five pattern cells together, with additional cauls and clamps to keep them as even as possible.
Cut the five cell block in thirds and flatten the glue faces at the belt sander. Notice the pencil marks, which indicate the grain direction of the centers. Details matter. Now glue and clamp to arrive at the final 3x5 cell pattern.
Once dry, clean up surfaces and the final veneer pattern block is revealed. A little work with a card scraper and the reason for working towards a long grain pattern can be seen. I like how the luster and depth of the Bloodwood is apparent, even before any finish is applied. And nice how the grain of the Chechen is aligned with the long dimension of the block.
Later I will cut this into thin sheets of veneer for a puzzle box I’m about to start. Since the veneer will be embedded into some Chechen from the same board, I hoping the centers will make it look like the weave pattern has been build into the wood.