Veneering will have to wait…
Happy New Year!
Over the holiday weekend, I managed to complete all of the plywood patterns for the G&G desks, and planed the wood for the breadboard ends. I also built a simple jig to make pattern-routing safer on my router table and then used it to make the first of the drawer fronts. I am going to pattern route the breadboard ends and the desktops because they need to fit together "perfectly" because of the cloud-lift details on the corners…any gap will show up badly. So, that means the patterns need to fit together perfectly. I spent a bit of time today perfecting them, and they are now ready for use.
I also noticed that when I drew the plans I made the top panel 29 3/8" wide and it should be 29 3/4" wide. Glad I caught this error in my plan.
I found a source that sells mahogany ply on-line and will ship it to me full-size (eliminating the need for seems in the veneer), so I am going to do that instead of learning to veneer on this project. Since I do not want fancy "figure" in the wood on this desk tops (G&G needs simple lines), veneering would be over-kill. I returned the veneer sheeting to Woodcraft today. Veneering will have to wait for another project.
I did learn A LOT (via the web and books) about veneering in the past week or so, and I really want to experiment with it soon anyway. Check out the Joe Woodworker site for excellent info on veneering. I want to build one of Joe’s vacuum presses someday soon. I ordered the basic veneer tool and adhesive package from Joe so that I can experiment with veneering when I get a chance.
Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania).
Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics.
Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.
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