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Forum topic by Anthony Finelli posted 10-26-2010 09:49 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Anthony Finelli

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10-26-2010 09:49 PM

Hey guys, I am currently re-finishing and re-furbishing my wifes grandfathers 60 year old oak teachers desk and he had a peice of laminate put in the center of the table top that I have since removed. I am thinking about replacing it with some 22 mil paper backed veneer. I have never glued a peice this large before
(about 26”x48”), should I use contact cement and if so how do you suggest i put it on to keep it uniform?

Also, the desk is oak that has darkened over the years, it almost look like a dark gunstock oak and I was wondering what your thoughts were on the type of wood i should use for the inlay, I was thinking a lighter one and my wife was thinking of darker. I understand it is up to us and our preferences but i would love to hear what you all have to offer so i can kick around some different combinations !!!

Thanks for the help and I will try to get some pictures up here soon !!

-- Salem, New York "Find something you love to do and you will never have to work another day of your life"

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 02:44 AM

As long as it is paper backed veneer, contact cement will work fine. Just remember to put an even coat on both pieces and let it dry to a flat sheen.

Take your wifes’ suggestion, regardless, its her grandfathers and if you pick a color that she thinks looks bad then you will never hear the end of it.

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