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Blog entry by oakdust posted 03-30-2008 08:35 PM 778 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a guy drop off a dresser that just hapens to his wife’s favorite. He thought he woulod be a nice guy and refinish it for her. (WRONG) He sanded through the Mahogony vener not just in one spot but 5. Now he wants me to fix it. The only way out that I see is to re-vener the top. So here is where I need help. What is the best way to prep the top for the new vener. I was thinking of buying some 1×10 Mahogony and re-sawing it into vener but then I would need to remove the amount of vener thickness from the top of the dresser. I though about a jig and a router, but I have never tried this type of work before. So I neede your wisdom.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 08:41 PM

You could go with some peel and stick veneer if you have never veneered before.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 08:45 PM

Good luck! I think I’d buy the veneer rather than trying to cut it. There was just a blog about “iron-on” veneering. I’d suggest you look for that, it might be helpful.

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 10:23 PM

I would go with the peel and stick or a paper backed veneer, and use contact cement, and far as where he sanded though just feather it out and you will never see it, or you can inlay a patch but thats a lot more work, but blending in Mahogany as hard as it is with other woods, hope this helps

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 12:12 AM


I would definately follow Joey’s advice. I have done some thing similar (it was only a small box), I feathered out the hole and over veneered, far easier than trying to match a patch, unless you are an expert (which I am not.

Hope it works out

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 12:31 AM

Try a heat gun to weaken the glue on the old veneer and lift it off. Then you can use Flexwood with contact cement. You will notice that I said “Try” the heat gun. I can’t assure you it will work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 01:01 AM

How big is the top ot the dresser? Im wondering would it be easier to put a on whole new veneered top instead of trying to reveneer the old one?

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#7 posted 03-31-2008 01:15 AM

Thanks for all the help.
I am going to order a 2’ x 4’ iron piece of veneer and revneer the top.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#8 posted 03-31-2008 05:35 AM

You may not have to remove the old vener. If the original vener is adhered well, I would sand it level, clean well with mineral sprirts to remove any old adhesive where the sand through may have exposed it.
You can either use iron on veneer or you could go old school and use hide glue. You will have to be very carefull with the iron method as you may cause the original veneer release or if plywood was used as a substraight, it may cause it to release as well.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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