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Forum topic by DerekJ posted 03-18-2016 03:45 AM 420 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2016 03:45 AM

Hello and thanks in advance for your help! I’ve already learned a lot from this community. I am a little over my head trying to refinish a piano. Someone decided to fix the bubbling by pounding nails into the sides of the piano…. nice.

I have pulled all the veneer off the piano, but am having a hard time figuring out if it is really thick veneer or if it’s a veneer on a veneer or something like that. Using my caliper, the thickness of this piece is 1/10 of an inch – but I can’t find anything on veneersupplies.Com that’s more than like 1/32.

Can anyone tell from the picture if this is a thin veneer on another substrate or if it’s just a thick veneer?

I am sorry for the turned pictures. I have uploaded from every single angle and it always rotates it back. I’ve tried saving the pics with new names in each orientation and have had no luck. Really frustrating.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 03-18-2016 04:05 AM

Second photo makes it look like it’s on top of a substrate.

Try They carry veneer up to 1/8” thick I believe. You have to call them during business hours to order, though.

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#2 posted 03-18-2016 04:23 AM

Thanks, that’s what I thought too, but was uncertain for sure. Any idea how I would be able to bend something of that thickness? The sides of the piano are rounded…

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 04:28 AM

It’s veneer on veneer. That’s how they made most of those old pianos. A 1/16” poplar base layer horizontal to the substrate with a thinner face veneer laid horizontally on top of the thicker veneer will work.

Since the thicker veneer runs cross-grain, it should make the bend without too much trouble. Might have to spend some time making custom cauls or get really good at hammer veneering.

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#4 posted 03-18-2016 04:49 AM

How old is the piano? If it is more than fifty years or so it is almost certainly hide glue. It is likely that the veneer could have been removed and re-glued. Did you rip it off or deconstruct it? I would think that removal of the nails and reapplication of the veneer with hide glue could repair even the serious delamination you show. If the piano is of value, saving the original veneer would be a goal.

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 12:25 PM

The piano is from 1916. Unfortunately it wasn’t just a delamination that was an issue, there were large sections of the veneer that were cracked and chipped away so I did not take the time to preserve as I deconstructed.

Great tip about the poplar though, thank you!!!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#6 posted 03-18-2016 12:48 PM

Flipping Pictures on LumberJocks

If taken with an iPhone/iPad:
1. Take your photo.
2. Open the Photos App to view your photo.
3. Click “Edit” and crop it ever so slightly.
4. Save the photo.
5. Post the photo to LumberJocks.

If you have another mobile device, the same process may work, but I can’t confirm that. Otherwise, put them on a computer first, and that will solve your problem.

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