Veneer Box


I Wanted to make a coffee table that required veneering. Since I have never worked with veneer, Paul my mentor, suggested I start with a simple veneer box to learn veneer hammering.
Well It was not simple for me, probably more challenging than the coffee table :)

My learning journey, which is far from over, is blogged here.

I left all the mistakes, the goofs etc… in plain view. After all it’s baby steps:)
All the panels cupped after veneering. So I am proud to have open miters, which I complemented with splines, and a top that is not flat.

My research indicates that it is due to unbalance panels. No I did not veneer the back of the panels…
You would think plywood already has a veneer on the back. I guess it’s not that simple.

Now, it’s time to move my veneer from Lee Valley pizza box to it’s new home.

I wish it was only 1/2 inch shorter… it would fit in that spot under the table saw (:

Thanks Paul!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


Well done Abbas!!!
That really puts my un-veneered one to shame. I may have to do mine now.
It looks great, you have a place to file your veneer, and to top it all off you learned a new skil. ……. Win ….Win …. Win…

I’ve been waiting for this " reveal". Thanks

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

I can’t thank you enough Paul. You taught me a lot.

Definitely win… win and win again:)
Some serious stuff is coming my way and I started to have doubts today. Anyway, full speed ahead.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Great storage box for your veneers.

Great job man. It’s all good learning anew skill and a nice box to boot.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Quick thought:
If you don’t move the TS a lot, you could slip a piece of 1/2" plywood under it. Then the box would fit.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Great looking box Abbas. Good to see that you are already benefitting from your new found skills. I’m sure I would have done the same as you, that it is to say, I wouldn’t have veneered the backs either, thinking that the corner joints would hold it all together without any problems. Just goes to show that life is never as simple as one imagines. I don’t even have a box to hold my veneers yet.

Mike, an American living in Norway

Paul: Everything in my shop moves as my wife parks her car inside. But I was thinking that router dust box cold be shorter….I will have just to find another spot.

Mike: No not simple when you are learning a whole new field. But it was worth the effort. Lots of learning.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Practise makes perfect and this turned out nice and showes you are learning the skill .


Thanks Mike1950 and Chris.

Thanks Klaus. I have a lot of practice to go, I want to try the cool stuff Paul does.

Paul: I found a spot. The shop vac I have not used in years will go to the shed outside. It’s right under the sliding miter saw :)

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

What a great learning project. This will mean so much more to you in a few years.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Amazing talent, awesome work. I appreciate you sharing and inspiring with us.


Beautiful box,outstanding workmanship

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Hell I think you did an exceptional job for your first attempt. It really does look good. Win win

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Thanks Jeff!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I don’t know how I missed this before. Beautiful job.

Losing fingers since 1969

Thanks Brian!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA