|Review by RBWoodworker||posted 11-09-2009 11:59 PM||12773 views||12 times favorited||7 comments|
I recently purchased a veneer pump, and got some veneer along with the deal.. but the veneer that I got, was rolled in a protective paper and left for who know’s how long.. it took the curve of the roll well and would not lay flat no matter what I did.. I put it between two platens and left it for 3 weeks and that did not do the trick…SO.. Lee Jesberger has this solution on his website prowoodworkingtips.com and it consist of 1 gallon of water..8 oz. of pure glycerin which is available at CVS (I looked at rite aid, and several grocery stores..they do not have it..) and 8 oz. of Denatured alcohol,.. ( have a clean 5 gal. bucket and a good quality sprayer bottle and a funnel too). now.. the Glycerin bottles come in 6 oz. each so you need to buy 2 to follow this formuls but only use enough of the second bottle to complete the 8 oz.as needed. As for the Denatured Alcohol.. it calls for 8 oz. of that too..there’s 32 ounces in a quart of the small can of Denatured Alcohol..so you can use a Pyrex measuring cup ( Clean it throughly as the Wife, Girlfriend will get upset if she see’s you using her cookware for chemicals…LOL..
Dump the gallon of water, the 8 oz. glycerin, and the 8 oz. of Alcohol into the bucket and stir it around to mix it up. Use the funnel to pour it into the spray bottle first..then use the gallon water bottle to pour the rest into.. label the spray bottle and used gallon water bottle “VENEER FLATTENING SOLUTION” DO NOT DRINK..
and store them with your hazardous chemicals..
To use this.. all you have to do is mist the veneer on both sides to get it all wet.. when it drips a little you know you have enough on.. mist BOTH sides.. have 2 platens ready and some absorbing sheet of paper..I used red rosin paper off a roll I bought from Lowes. If you have more than one piece of veneer to flatten..that’s ok.. lay the veneer between 2 pieces of Rosin paper..then another piece of veneer..then the paper.. so you will have the paper between each sheet of veneer to absorb the solution as it dries.. you must swap out this paper for dry paper ever few hours till the veneer is completely dry and keep them under the platens as they’re drying.. place the veneer and paper between the platens and weigh them down to keep them flat..
this cost me about around $22.00 to $25.00 max for over a gallon of this solution including the 5 gal bucket and sprayer and it has an infinite shelf life from what I hear..AND.. if you need to flatten some buckled veneer like Burl or one of those hard to flatten veneers, you can make it in on the same day you need it and not have to wait for delivery.
The results was a perfectly flat..pliable, and totally flexable piece of tiger maple veneer..it works great!!
Thanks Lee.. AGAIN…
-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/