Mark gave us as good a talk as he did last time he came. ? This is a piece that Mark made from scratch for a show in Exeter, where it won 3rd prize. ? Each surface has been covered with veneer. ? The main sheet of veneer is soaked, glued to the surface with animal glue, pushed down until flat, and left to set for an hour or so. ? ?The shape of the inlay veneers are cut from the main veneer and the lifted out. ? ?At this stage the glue is amenable. ? ?The soaked inlays are fitted into position and pushed down until flat
Mark is demonstrating how the veneer is pushed down with a veneer hammer. ? ?As the veneer has already expanded during the soaking, it is important to push the veneer flat from the edges towards the middle so that no extra expansion occurs. ? The veneers are then sanded using 120, 240, and 400 grit paper, care being taken that the veneer is not all sanded away. ? A coating of coloured stopping is applied to fill in any holes. ? ?This is sanded and then 3 coats of Sand and Sealer are applied with a sanding between.
Mark uses traditional French Polishing techniques. ? ?Small amount of polish and a dab of linseed oil is applied , it is one of those occasions when less is more, as it is easy to take off the polish by having to much oil or polish on the rubber.
Mark showed us a range of veneers bought from Ebay and local suppliers. ? Here he is showing us a pack of walnut veneer that had been destined for Rolls Royce. ? It seem that?one has to buy when the veneer is available, as when you want it, there is none to be found
Martin & Co for historically accurate?knobs and hinges