Old veneer

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Blog entry by BoxBuilder posted 08-07-2010 06:03 PM 1230 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently was given a roll of old veneer. It had been wrapped in a large roll & the newspaper used to finish the wrap was dated 1959. It appears to be cherry ( but I am not a wood expert ) and it is about 18 inches wide & varies in length – some is about 10 ft & others are about 12 ft. What would be a good way to flatten sheets for use. I have done some minimal veneer work but most of the veneer I used was already flat. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 07:41 PM

Sandwich it between a couple of pieces of plywood for a while. If it’s really dry and brittle you may want to steam it first.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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John Ormsby

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 10:55 PM

veneer is normally softened with a glycerine base solution that will soften the veneer. I suggest you do not try to flatten it dry. It will crack. As has been already suggested, check with Joe Woodworker for more info. Or do a search for softening veneer.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 04:57 AM

Yea, Veneer Systems sells a veneer softener concentrate, but the instructions suggest it to be pressed in a vacuum press. You also have to soften the veneer within a few days of it being glued onto it’s substrate, or it will revert back to its old way. We just did it a few months ago. It’s a long process, with lots of changing paper to absorb the water, but it’s well worth it.

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