A while back, I
published a tutorial on making a compass rose. That
compass rose was easy to do but required a special
22.5 degree template, which many people probably
After thinking about
the problem, I came up with a slightly different
compass rose which can be done with a standard 45
degree triangle. While this compass rose doesn't
require any special tools, it's a bit more tedious
to do - but anyone with some experience working with
veneer should be able to do it.
If you find this
tutorial useful, I'd really appreciate if you would
send me an e-mail with the subject line of "Compass
Rose 2" so I can get some indication of how many
people are reading it. Here's a picture of the
original compass rose and the compass rose of this tutorial.
The original Compass Rose which requires a
22.5 degree template.
The new Compass Rose which only requires a
45 degree triangle
I'll start, as I did before, by
reminding you of the two primary rules of veneer work:
1. Always work (cut) from the glue face.
2. Veneer tape only goes on the show face.
We'll start by looking at the
tools and supplies required for this project:
From the left we have:
Two different colors of
veneer. Here, I'm using holly and wenge.
A 45 degree triangle.
Blue painter's tape. I
mostly use 3/4" tape.
A sponge in water to wet
the veneer tape.
A straight edge.
Two Japanese marking
knives. You can use almost any knife of your choosing.
A veneer saw.
A sanding block. This is a
piece of MDF with P150 sandpaper glued to it.
A 6" rule. You can use a
12" if that's what you have.
A compass for drawing
And, of course, a cutting
While I chose wenge veneer for
this rose, I want to warn you that wenge is a "difficult
veneer". It's hard to cut and splits easily. If you've
never worked with it before, I recommend using something
like walnut instead.