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Blog entry by mnpete posted 791 days ago 757 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there Lumberjocks,

I’m going to take my first crack at veneering some small panels for box lids in the near future. I’ve got a few pieces of veneer picked out and I’ll be ordering some veneer softener today.

http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/05/thinking-through-some-design.html

Any good tips for a first timer experimenting with some small panels? I won’t be taping any pieces this time around. For such small parts, is Titebond or Titebond III OK? I see myself doing more veneering in the future, so I’m not opposed to buying a better glue choice now.

Pete

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop, http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/



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woodenwarrior

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#1 posted 791 days ago

As for your glue choice, I use regular ole’ white glue for very thin veneers (1/32”) on small panels. Press the panel between sheets of MDF to keep it flat and you should have no problem. I have found that I only needed softener for unruly woods and burls that like to curl up. If you store your veneer inbetween sheets of MDF with a bit of weight on it you should have flat sheets to use anytime.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 791 days ago

Try using a mixture of glycerine and water for a softener. It’s effective and a lot cheaper than shop bought stuff.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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jumbojack

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#3 posted 791 days ago

I just spritz with water. It does not take much, more of a mist from a regular ole spray bottle. Have ready a light press. I use two sheets of MDF with a wax paper liner. Just fold a big enough sheet of wax paper to envelope your veneer. Put the veneer between the wax and MDF and leave it there for about 1/2 hour. Meantime get your substrate ready, yep white glue is good. Get your press ready. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56762. You want to get your veneer onto your substrate before it starts to dry and curl. Again wax paper is a must. Clamp the snot out of it, also please note the cauls. This method has worked for me well over a dozen times with no problems.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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mnpete

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#4 posted 790 days ago

Thanks guys!

Jim, what ratio do you use? I’ve never bought glycerine before…hardware store?

Jack, those boxes are right along the lines I’m thinking about…maybe a little smaller, but same idea. Thanks for sharing.

So it sounds like I don’t need any special glue, especially for small panels. Titebond OK?

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop, http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/

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jumbojack

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#5 posted 790 days ago

Those are 7”x11” bookmatched (2 pieces). I used Titebond Cold Press for Veneer.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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BigTiny

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#6 posted 788 days ago

If you want to learn about veneering and marquetry, here are two of my favorite web sites that will give you all you need to know.

Let me know what you think of them.

www.joewoodworker.com

www.redbridgemarquetrygroup,org

As for glue, I use Titebond III myself.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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robscastle

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#7 posted 787 days ago

Hello Pete,

You will enjoy wood veneering, most/all of the comments are 100% correct

The ratio for softener is 9:1 or 90% water 10% glycerine.

You will need a Clamp/press of some sort, again read just about everything on Joe’s site and subscribe/register and you will the get regular comms from him.

there is a product called Roarocket, strange name but its a vacuum bag for a skateboard, its pricey but produces excellent results for concave and convex work alike.

Have a look at my Blog regarding TC Boxes (currently in work) it shows some photos of vac veneering results.

I will see if a blog on veneering (that I do) would help you and other LJs

Regards

Robert Brennan

-- Regards Robert

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mnpete

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#8 posted 786 days ago

Thanks for the links Paul. I’ll check those out.

Very cool write-up Rob! Thanks.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop, http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/

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BigTiny

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#9 posted 786 days ago

You’re more than welcome, buddy. Joe is quite the wealth of information on the craft and will usually answer questions promptly and informatively. He and his wife run a mom and pop veneer sales operation carrying everything the novice or expert wants in the way of tools, glues, veneers and even vacuum press kits and supplies. He has several plans online free for the downloading with a comparison of them and the pros and cons of each. Those two sites between them are a full course in the craft for the beginner through the intermediate marqueteer.

Enjoy. You are getting into a very addicting part of the world of wood.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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