Veneering – A Primer Course

Veneering – A Primer Course

I’ve what I consider to be a slight behavior to working with wood veneers.

In the event you start to look at the accessible Snap on veneers out there in the marketplace, it turns into very powerful for me to know any resistance to it, that some people have. Probably it’s concern of the unknown.

For some, it may probably be that veneered furnishings is taken into account inferior to sturdy wood furnishings. This might not be farther from the fact. It may probably be the reality that just a few of the woodworking tips are invalid for using this supplies. Or maybe the worth of investing in a model new facet of an already expensive ardour. Or maybe it’s the thought of buying the gear, and ending up not using it. Solely the individual can reply these resistances to a model new strategy of woodworking.

I want to provide a simple, low-cost choice to “test the waters”, to go looking out out whether or not it’s for you. Uncover I didn’t say, in case your capable of it. You are.

First off some provides needed, which might be low-cost. We’re capable of start with a straightforward enterprise, which may probably be used for quite a few issue, and even that could be decided after
ending the veneering half.

Using a small piece of M.D.F.,(medium density fiberboard), each half” or three/4″ thick, and regardless of measurement you’ve got gotten laying spherical. Plywood will work for this too, be simply is not as regular as M.D.F. For these of you that aren’t acutely aware, there could also be an especially mild mannequin of M.D.F., that weighs about half that of the frequent product. The working properties are almost an similar.

The next issue needed could possibly be some veneer. Woodcraft and Rockler every promote small
packs of *sequence matched veneer.* This suggests the objects inside the packs had been scale back from
the log, and saved inside the order throughout which they’d been sliced. This ensures there’ll most likely be little or no distinction inside the grain pattern from one piece to the next.

These packs can be found diversified sizes, and vary in value from $ 25.00 to about $ 70.00. One issue to recollect when eradicating them from the pack, is to amount them with a pencil. This may increasingly support you maintain them within the similar order as they’d been away from the log.

The next merchandise to buy could possibly be veneer tape, which is on the market in varied thicknesses, and likewise in a powerful, two hole, or three hole mannequin. The commonest is a medium weight, three hole tape. This tape must be moistened and utilized to the *face* side of the veneer.

All of my slicing and matching is accomplished on the once more side,or glue side, of the veneer.
Slicing could also be completed with a desk seen, wood chisel, veneer seen, or scalpel. After I scale back
veneer, I usually tape a minimal of 1 side of the veneer with blue painters tape, the place it is to be scale back. If solely taping one side, it is the once more side. This way, the tape will help maintain the slicing gadget from following the grain of the veneer. If it is a powerful veneer, like a burl, I on a regular basis tape both facet. This make chip free joints doable.

When slicing the veneer with a desk seen, sandwich the pre *taped* veneer between two
objects of plywood, which might be screwed collectively. One of many easiest methods to try this is to make the
plywood longer than the veneer to be scale back. Keep the veneer parallel to the sting of the plywood. Keep the screws all through the width of the finished width of the veneer. (Merely to forestall you from slicing by the screws). Using your desk seen, rip one fringe of the veneer. Now spin it spherical, or flip it over, and rip the other *pre taped* edge.

At this degree you probably can take away the screws on one end of the plywood. Using your miter
gage, you probably can sq. up one end of the sandwich. Assuming you most likely did tape the veneer
sooner than putting it inside the sandwich.

As quickly as that end is scale back, spin it spherical, preserve it in opposition to the miter gage and take away the screws. It is unlikely one thing will switch on this fashion. Now scale back that end. I can do this in a lot much less time than I would type it.

Now the veneer is free of the plywood. Fastidiously take away the blue tape, by pulling it *with* the grain. Within the occasion you go in opposition to the grain, it could chip the sides.

You understand have a splendidly uniform pack of veneer, which is ready to be joined. Decide on the pattern you want. To make a four technique e e book match, open the objects like a e e book. The four an similar corners will most likely be inside the coronary heart of the panel.

Now, working from the once more side, line up the ends of two objects. Using small objects of
blue tape, preserve the joint tightly collectively, and place the tape all through the joint. Pulling on the tape will stretch it barely, and when launched will pull the joint tighter collectively. Repeat this every four inches or so.

Now flip it over and apply the veneer tape within the similar fashion. After getting utilized the veneer tape all through the joint, run a bit down your complete measurement of the joint. Using a show display screen roller, or veneer roller, or maybe a mild brass wire brush, work the tape into the veneer.

Now do the other two objects the similar technique. When you end up accomplished this, be a part of the two halves, using the similar technique. Now, gently flip it over and take away the blue painters tape. Certainly not veneer a substrate with each masking tape or blue painters tape inside the glue.

The next decision to be made is the glue type, and strategy of fastening the veneer. To have the ability to maintain it straightforward, we’ll consider the three hottest methods.

The first could possibly be a urea resin glue. The most effective clamping approach could possibly be a vacuum bag.
One different threat is a caul, with a platen. The platen applies stress over the next house. The cauls are spaced evenly and clamped tightly. Bear in mind to make use of a little bit of wax paper between the veneer and the platen, to forestall them from bonding collectively, must any glue squeeze out ontoyour work.

The next approach, which is almost an similar to the first one, other than the utilization of Tite Bond Chilly Press Veneer Glue. The gluing software program approach is similar for all three types of glue. That could be a quick napped roller, spreading a lightweight even coat to every surfaces.

The third approach could be the very best for some, and that can be to make use of Tite Bond Type II, P.V.A. glue. This method requires coating every surfaces, letting them dry, and ironing them on, with a house preserve iron, set to a medium extreme setting.

After the glue has cured, dampen the veneer tape, and let it sit. After a pair minutes, dampen it as soon as extra, as soon as extra prepared a pair minutes. Then using a putty knife or cabinet scraper, *gently* take away the veneer tape.

Resist the temptation to sand the panel for a pair days. This allows the moisture to
escape the veneer on the joints. Arrange an edge treatment as desired, and hand sand, Try and sand with the grain all the time. Keep in mind, commonplace veneer is 1/40″ thick. It doesn’t take quite a bit to sand by.

Moreover, do not use your hand, to sand, with out some type of pad. In another case, you could end up with grooves in your prime.

Now apply a finish as desired.

It will offer you a wonderful observe run on veneering, and the prospect to resolve whether it is for you.

Many gorgeous patterns could also be made using veneer, that can be unattainable with sturdy lumber.

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