Thanks for visiting my blog.

Het zou leuk zijn wanneer je een berichtje achterlaat. :-)
I would appreciate a little message. :-)

Hierbij wil ik Petra bedanken want dankzij haar geweldige site,, ben ik met de bouw van mijn poppenhuis begonnen.

Thanks to Petra. Without her nice site,, I would never been started with my doll house.

Ik probeer de dingen die ik maak zo goed mogelijk te omschrijven maar er kunnen soms typefoutjes in de tekst staan dus controleer van te voren even of het allemaal klopt.

The thing I create I put on my blog. Although I try to make no mistakes it's possible that something went wrong so please check before you make a copy.

dinsdag 13 maart 2012

How to cut veneer.

Special for Ray:
I wish my explanation and pictures are helping for cutting veneer.
We bought a big oak sheet of veneer to cover all the rooms in the doll house.
The veneer is glued on a layer of plastic or some other material. When you cut the veneer, place the plastic layer on top . This will give more smooth cuts of the veneer.
When you use the paper cutter, always cut in the directions of the grain.
Use a sharp scissor to cut 90 degrees to the grain.
This is based on my experience when cutting the veneer.

For the Versaille floor we needed a lot of little pieces.
By means of mathematics's you can calculate the exact dimensions of the pieces. I have decided for square's of  76.2 mm by 76.2 mm.  By this dimension the pattern on the whole floor looks nice.

Size in mm. 
Pieces are  rectangles, make sure that you cut the pieces  with 90 degrees corners,otherwise you will destroy the pattern.
                 69,33mm x 5,67mm.
                 28,35 mm. x5,67mm.
                 11,34 mm x 5,67mm.
                 11,34 mm x 11,34 mm.
                 and triangles
                17,01 mm. x 12,06 mm.
The triangles are made from a square. The total size of one part is 76,2 mm. x 76,2 mm.

Tools used:

This sciccor is useful for miter cutting.

This is a paper Cutter and it doesn't only slice paper. You can also use it for slicing veneer.

Here you see the cutter wheel. This can be moved from right to left by hand.

The cutter stationary:  In order to get each time the same size of the parts, I used a sliding part as a stopper.
This stopper can be adjusted to each dimension. Because the stopper is positioned on the stationary  base, I have made some fixed points on the stationary base, in order to keep the cutter in exact position to the stopper . The stopper can slide to adjust the requested dimension, but should always move parallel to the cutting line, in order to keep the parts rectangular.

On the right I placed two strips, to assure that the stopper moves parallel to the cutting line.. Between those two strips the stopper can move.It stays in position thanks to a screw and wing nut.

The winged nut (I wonder if it's correct English) is put on the screw. Now you can fix the sliding part.

Now you put the paper cutter on the stationary base.

Adjust the caliper.

Now you can place the sliding part on the correct size.

Place the veneer against the stopper.

Here is the cut piece of veneer. It's just for demonstration.

Now you only have to put the veneer in and cut a lot of pieces. Warning: Don't cut to much pieces in front because due to cutting tolerances,you may want to adjust the stopper a little bit to make sure that the total pattern fits.When you work 1:12 then  1mm  is a lot. It is impossible to cut pieces within 0.1 mm but you have to try to achieve this. It will complete the pattern the most.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask .
I can give the formula in mathematics to find the dimensions of the parts belonging to the square.But it is a nice puzzle to solve by your selves. Good luck.

6 opmerkingen:

  1. Hello Dorien,
    Thank you for this post. It is really helpful. I never thought of using a paper cutter...what a great tip! Your parquet floor in an earlier post is absolutely fantastic. I think your house will be a MASTERPIECE, knowing what you can do. Keep upt he great work.

  2. Thanks Giac,

    I wish my house get a nice doll house.
    You and Ray are making masterpieces. I'm just a starter.

    The marble is a disaster. I have to sand the stair again. I did use two materials that don't cooperate. Watercolor and Glitsa. Now it's looking like crackle.
    I'll try again when we're back from Portugal.
    I'm going to try to do the same with oiled based paint. I don't know how the natural sponge will act to that paint. But it will be continued.

  3. Dorien, thank you for sharing the tips! Mini hugs, Natalia

  4. Natalia,I hope that the tips can help you.
    Dutch hugs....;-)

  5. Hello again Dorien,
    Don't worry about the marble...I had to try many times before I got it right! I can't offer any help with oil paints...I do my marble with water based paint. I know you'll get there and do a fantastic job of it. I KNOW you'll make a masterpiece of your own...just wait and see.
    Have a WONDERFUL time in portugal. I hope the weather is great!
    Hugs from your big fan,

  6. Dear Giac,

    Thanks for your constructive words. I'm gonna have a WONDERFUL time in Portugal. Wednesday we leave and I've to keep myself in control. Don't start a project concentrate on your holiday..;-).
    The weather in Portugal is always better then the Dutch weather..:-)
    Maybe I'll put pictures of our trip in the blog but I doubt weather that's wise !!!
    Lots of greetings,