|Forum topic by salkenn||posted 11-16-2015 08:19 PM||562 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
11-16-2015 08:19 PM
Someone gave me several lengths of mahogany veneer a few years ago—the pieces were around 8 ft long and varying widths—one 12+ inches, another 10” or so, and each length was made up of smaller widths that were joined with glue in a zig zag pattern across the seam. It looked almost like thread (but I have since figured out it’s just glue). Anyway, I had never done anything with veneer before, and I am familiar with hot hide glue because I worked in a frame shop where it was used, so that’s what I used to glue it down. Here’s my question, and I did a lot of reading about veneering but never came across this:
I veneered the strips with the zig zag joints on the top face. It’s been tough getting the joint glue off, but I’ve been using very hot water and scraping and have gotten most of it. It left a light zig zag pattern on the wood. One of the veneer books talked about joint tape being left on too long that would keep the wood from darkening in that area. Is that the problem here? My husband said I should have glued the veneer with the glued seams down, but I figured it was bulky enough to cause problems.
I’m making a desk in a kitchen nook, so I veneered a 3/4 inch plywood slab that I cut to fit into the space. it will probably be covered by paper, mail, a computer and the hamster cage—eventually—but I’d still like it to look halfway decent.
Any thoughts? I would appreciate it! And if I have to peel the whole thing off and turn it over, I will (I haven’t trimmed it yet).