I have a couple of methods available to flatten veneer.
One is a hydraulic ram from a Auto Body repair kit,
the other is my purpose made mechanical screw Veneer press.
The Ram works on the material set up on the concrete floor of the garage and uses the floor bearer above.
The mechanical press is simply a couple of laminated Particle board kitchen bench off cuts about 400mm x 400mm with twelve bolts around the outside.
I had all the veneer for the box in the mechanical clamp overnight to soften and flatten it.
This morning I opened it up to check on the progress.
Well it was not ready but I noticed my chalk marking had disappeared so I had to take everything out to remark.
Well I found a couple of surprises when I laid everything out.
1 There was about 12mm of width expansion and,
2 The features of the veneer were much more enhanced with the addition some moisture.
Here is a shot of the set with the adjoining strips together to verify the alignment.
I remarked them all again in the waste areas with a black marker.
Here is a shot again of them all together and the templates sitting next to each piece.
Then the amount of expansion.
That’s quite a lot, about 12 mm in 200 mm
It will be interesting to see how much shrinkage occurs when it normalises again.
-- Regards Robert