shading is used to add a third dimension to your veneer work
by suggesting shadow in your designs. In this design
we’re going to try to suggest a three dimensional fan with
ribs coming upward toward you.
Sand shading can also be used to suggest interweaving in a
design – to make it look like some elements of the design go
underneath some other elements. For example, the
picture below shows a Celtic design.
I’ll remind you of the two rules of veneer work here:
Tools and Equipment
The tools needed are
similar to the ones we used to make the compass rose,
with the addition of a few items for the shading.
The items we have in the
picture are as follows. On the left we have the 16
segment template. At the top and just to the right
of the template we have the veneer tape and the blue
tape. Just below that is the Japanese marking
knives used for cutting the veneer, and a 16mm #7
carving gouge. Above that is the container with a
sponge and water for use with the veneer tape, and a
straightedge lying on the container. Below that is
a sanding block, a veneer saw, and a brass brush used to
smooth the veneer tape. Moving right, we have some
maple veneer, and the components for sand shading – a
pan, sand, and a hot plate.
When you go looking for
sand, be warned that the sand you will find in the craft
shops has color added to it. The only problem is
that when you heat it the first time, the color agent
burns off with a noxious smell. After a couple of
uses, the color burns off completely and the sand is
back to normal sand color and the odor disappears.
Someone suggested using
aluminum oxide instead of sand. I haven’t tried it
yet but it seems reasonable. You can find bulk aluminum
abrasivedepot.com. If you try it, let me know
how it works.
Sand Shade Fan
Let’s start by looking at
what we’re going to make.
This is a traditional
design element used in Early American Furniture, and it
can be used to good effect in contemporary furniture.
We’re going to make the fan from maple, with a field of
mahogany. You should pick the lightest veneer you
have – holly would be excellent if you can find it.