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#1 posted 11-22-2011 03:22 AM

I could easily be smoking dope with regards to the use of a veneer press affecting the appearance of the wood. My thinking started when I noticed a difference in the appearance of the veneered surface after pressing it, which I do not recall seeing when I used the hot iron method for another project.

My reasoning is based on the fact that chatoyance is impacted by how light hits the fiber bundles on the wood surface. It stands to reason significant compression could change the configuration of large groups and disrupt the effect. A card scraper, or a gooseneck scraper for curved surfaces, should produce a better appearance if my thinking is correct.

I agree that it is more likely that something in the top coat is darkening the surface and eliminating the contrast.

Looking forward to hearing from Mr. Neil tomorrow.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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