A Photo Update
This episode will be a photo update of progress on the Cherry Display Pedestal. Things have been very hectic in our home with completion of reconstruction by our builder, some family visitors and a couple of bouts of the flu for me. In short, my anticipated construction schedule has been somewhat disrupted. The good news is that the project is making wonderful progress. This photo shows the frame and panel carcase. The cherry frames are joined with loose tenon joinery using a Festool Domino. The panels are 1/4" MDF hardboard with an outer cherry veneer and an inner maple veneer. The bottom shelf is 3/4" baltic birch plywood with cherry veneer.
All the frame members have been planed flat and square and the surfaces have been scraped smooth. As I mentioned in a previous episode, the panels are pre-finished to prevent exposure of unfinished wood due to any seasonal movement. The photo above shows an interior corner with a small flat molding pin nailed along the bottom shelf.
The middle shelf is cherry veneered 1/2" baltic birch. After coming out of the press it will be edge banded with 3/16" cherry. The edge banding was cut with my Thin Stock Ripping Jig. The vacuum press is getting quite a workout on this project! This photo shows the middle shelf in the press using breather mesh and some black foam squares to protect the vacuum bag from the corers of the pressing package. The lower platen is a 2 foot square piece of 3/4" scored melamine. The scoring allows the vacuum to be pulled all around the contents of the vacuum bag.