First I read about a miter fold as it relates to solid surfacing. Then
it came up as a term in quilting, and woodworking.
Is this a process that makes for superior looking furniture? Ever done one?
The third photo shows a good example - the miters (45's) are cut so the
grain continues around the corner of the work. Look closely at that
photo & notice how the grain carries arond the corner. In quilting it
apparently allows the fabric print or design to do the same thing.
HTH - Big John
If you have a radial arm saw with accurate depth control and a custom
V-shaped blade, there's a technique for notching the back of
pre-veneered plywood, then folding the whole thing into a tubular box.
You cut right through the substrate but don't cut the face veneer. It
takes a fair bit of jigging, so it's a production technique more than a
one-off. If you remember hi-fi in the '70s, it's how many of those "teak
veneer surround and aluminium front panel" cases were made.
That would be a helluva trick with the radicalalarm saw, and with
unconditioned veneer, for that matter.
We do this at work with a CNC machine (Biesse - POS) and with vinyl
It's a neat trick because the cut must maintain critical depth
throughout and the finished surface material must be flexible enough
to bend without cracking.
We make a product for hospitals and other healthcare facilities that
uses this technique to make wainscot that looks pretty much like real
wood to a rube, but the total thickness is about a half inch. Looks
like raised panel wainscot but the people can run their carts into it
all day long without hurting it.
Some veneered boxes are done this way but the veneer is conditioned
before the bend is made.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
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