|Just Enough Clamps and Old Brown Glue|
I placed the boxwood inlay strips in their position and held them with veneer tape to the center panels. Then I squared off the edges of the rather short strips of olive wood crossbanding so they would nicely fit side to side along the edge. I taped them together with veneer tape, so that I had the entire frame of crossbanding and boxwood inlay assembled in one piece.
Then I carefully cut away this veneer "frame" from the center panels, which were already glued down in place. I warmed up some Old Brown Glue, and heated up an aluminum panel for the manual press. By brushing the OBG onto the edge of the panel, all the way around the center oysters or marquetry, depending on which part I was gluing at the time, I could then simply replace the taped "frame" of crossbanding in place and put the panel into the press, face down on newsprint. The heated aluminum caul would allow the glue to liquify and flow evenly under the veneer.
Removing the panels from the press the next day, I moistened the veneer tape and scraped it off. That exposed the nice crossbanding, inlay and oysters, which are similar to the original Lecount clock case that I saw on the internet.
Now I could add OBG to all the joints and clamp up the case on the bench. The lower box has full blind dovetails on the corners, and a dado joint on the back board edge. The side panels are also joined to the back board with a dado, and the face frame is loosely clamped in place to keep it square.
This morning I removed the clamps and, for the first time, sat the Lecount works in place, in a case which is a copy of the original long lost marquetry case, from about 1690.
|Lecount Stands Again|
It's about time...(pun intended).