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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 02-27-2017 12:06 AM 380 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2017 12:06 AM

I have a lot of pieces of eucalyptus and cottonwood that dried very wavy and not much I can use them for as lumber but I have had success getting them down to 1/8” to use as a veneer over plywood.

What would be the best glue for attaching large pieces over the plywood? I have done it successfully on a small scale with titebond but for doing long, 6’-8’ pieces, over the width of a full sheet of plywood, what would you guys use?

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 12:37 AM

Hot hide glue…

Look for LJ user Shipwright’s blogs about using HHG.

Good luck!


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#2 posted 02-27-2017 03:37 AM

Hot hide glue…

Look for LJ user Shipwright s blogs about using HHG.

Good luck!


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I was considering that but is it feasible for a large sheet of plywood which will have a lot of movement and flex as it’s being moved around? I’m thinking for floor to ceiling cabinets and so while being put together, there might be some bending and bowing.

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 04:34 AM

I’m no expert, I’ve only done one large veneer project, but I would look at Old Brown Glue for this. 6-8 foot long pieces might be a little challenging for hot hide glue and hammer veneering. Cold press glue for veneer may also be worth a look though I’ve never tried it. With both, you need clamps and cauls.

If your boards are wavy, it seems like you probably should use a jointer to get it flat before cutting veneer, especially with 6-8 foot pieces. If it’ is not flat, I think you are going to have problems clamping down those long strips and getting a good bond.

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 04:37 AM

I use a Ink roller for larger projects, really speeds up application! Cut you Titebond with 10% water will give you another 5-10 work time.

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 02:56 PM

If you have the clamping facilities I would suggest OBG but if you don’t want the clamping issues it is a good application for hammer veneering with HHG. That said there is a learning curve for hammer veneering.

Don’t worry about the strength of HHG.

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