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This is part of a series of pendants I have been working on for a little while now.  Its stack laminated veneer that you sand through to show the different layers.  
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
For this one not a ton of tools or materials needed and a lot of the stuff can pretty easily be replaced by something else you have handy 

Materials- 
  • Veneer-​ I tend to have a bunch hanging around the house and the shop, but some good contrasting colors really work well in this project.  If you don't have any lying around rockler has a nice bundle of assorted veneers here if you are looking for something specific Berkshire Veneer has a great selection, but you have to order a larger amount
  • Glue-  I like Titebond II or Titebond III, but any carpenters/ alaphatic resin glue will work.
  • Sandpaper- 150 grit, 220, and then 400 sanding sponge
  • finish-  I used a vinyl sanding sealer (Lacquer Base)  and a Pre-Catalyzed Lacquer for a topcoat

Tools
  • Clamps
  • a couple of flat blocks or clamping pads to sandwich the veneer between
  • handscrew/vise
  • coping saw/scroll saw
  • rasps and files of varying aggression
  • drill 
  • razor blade/veneer saw/ very sharp saw

Congratulations on winning second prize!
jbeaton (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
thanks! i was pretty excited when i found out, I'm already working on a few new projects to post. Nice job on your twisted rings, i saw those from the last contest and was admiring them!
Thanks!
bajaorange1 year ago
I've been wanting to try to make this recently, but I was wondering what thickness of veneer you used. I found a good deal on some 1/42 inch veneer, and I was wondering if that would work and if I would have to use more layers. Thanks
jbeaton (author)  bajaorange1 year ago
the 1/42 works great, on this one it was all either roughly 1/42" or 1/32" just as long as its not paper backed you should be good. In terms of layers, doing at least 7 should be good. good luck and i would love to see some photos of the finished project!
shallnot1 year ago
"you have just made plywood". Well, maybe.

It is difficult to tell by the photos and the text doesn't seem to mention it: are you cross banding the layers (i.e. every layer having the grain running perpendicular to the previous one)?

If so, then you have made plywood and yes having an odd number of layers (there is nothing magical about 7) is crucial to prevent warping.

If not (i.e. all layers' grain is running parallel), then you just have laminated veneer and you can have an even or odd number of layers.
jbeaton (author)  shallnot1 year ago
Hi Shallnot,

thanks for taking the time to read through and comment on the instructable.

In terms of the plywood, i understand this is not a "true" plywood as the veneer is arranged for cosmetic purposes as opposed to structural ones. The plywood comment was just used as sort of a touchstone, something to relate to and to see where part of my inspiration has come from. I make and refinish furniture for a living and the inspiration for this project came from accidentally sanding through some very thin veneer on a plywood top and seeing this effect and extrapolating this project from there.

As for the number of layers there is a reason for using the 7 layers. When gluing up multiple layers of wood or veneer you need to account for springback and warping. This can pretty easily be figured out with a formula of springback=100 x [1(n(squared)-1] so using this formula if you were to use 4 layers you would have a deflection/springback of roughly 7% and if you were to use 7 laminations you would be looking at roughly 2%. So while there is nothing magical about 7, there is something mathematical : )

I have made dozens of these pieces over the past few years and have really found that if you use less than seven layers it is far less stable, far more susceptible to warping and delaminating.

thanks again!
D006DR1 year ago
Nice piece of work! I like it. You should also see this: http://www.nightwing.com.au/
He uses the same technic with bigger wood pieces.
jbeaton (author)  D006DR1 year ago
thanks D006DR, checked out his site, interesting stuff!
Beautiful. Even I understand & I've never done any woodworking. Now finish that Bracelet! I want to see it! ^_^
jbeaton (author)  Tracy_Marie1 year ago
Thanks Tracy, I will try and get it finished sometime in the next week or 2 and throw a photo up on the end of this, thanks for the support!
Great!
stumitch1 year ago
gotta like this project! well done. i will do that with my gr8 jewelry class in september. i think the students will really like it... not to mention my wife will too!
jbeaton (author)  stumitch1 year ago
Thanks Stumitch, talk to any local cabinet shops or custom furniture shops, always have small cutoffs of veneer that are perfect for this sort of work and most dont mind giving it up. Good luck and post some pics, i would love to see other pieces!
jbrauer1 year ago
Nice work, that would sell on etsy.

Have you ever looked at patterned banding or marquetry/inlay techniques? If you haven't already checked it out, you might get some ideas for variations on your next design.
jbeaton (author)  jbrauer1 year ago
Thanks jbrauer, had aspirations to make a bunch and throw them up on etsy, used my veneer press a while ago and made about a 2' x 2' sheet of blanks built a little jig and cut out about 50-60 of them, should just take the time to clean them up and throw them up there...

as for the Marquetry/inlay i do a bit of that too, i have a done some portrait work and had one of my pieces featured on a tv show a few years back ( http://www.instructables.com/id/Keyboard-Cat-Marquetry/ ) have another one to post on here shortly maybe for the epilog laser contest, having a lazer cutter would make doing the marquetry so much easier!
I'll try to throw a vote your way on that contest, but if it doesn't pan out, Lightobject.com has really good prices on laser cutters. I got the stepper driver for my CNC from them. I tried using my little Sherline CNC machine to cut veneer pieces and matching acrylic router templates for something like a veneered fan pattern, but after lots of trial and error it just didn't work that well for what I wanted. For running batches, I wonder if you could hand cut a router template for repeated operations. The spiral down-cut bits worked pretty good for me.

I like that inlaid cat, had a jazz feel to it.

- jb
Oooh! I love that layered look! I really need to start working with veneer so I can make something like this!
jbeaton (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks Penolopy!
Mrballeng1 year ago
Really good stuff here. Good Job!
jbeaton (author)  Mrballeng1 year ago
Thanks MrBalleng, I have been a fan of your work for quite some time, made the woven ring pendant probably a year or two ago. thanks for all the instructables and the inspiration!