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Forum topic by Chessnut posted 02-05-2008 08:30 AM 1344 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2008 08:30 AM

Hi there all, does anyone familiar with the procedure how to flatten out wrinkled veneer with misting water? I live in Alberta where it is extremely dry and quite a few of my flitches of veneer warps pretty bad even overnight.
Maybe my wife’s steam iron would work?

-- Mike, Airdrie Alberta

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#1 posted 02-05-2008 10:52 AM

I’ve had good luck misting with water that has a little glycerin in it. You can buy it at an drugstore, and it seems to help the wood fibers relax. I generally add about 2 ounces to my 16 oz spray bottle. I then lightly moisten the veneer and stack it between plywood and weight with concrete blocks. This usually works pretty well.

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#2 posted 02-05-2008 12:55 PM

using a humidifier in the room where you store it helps too

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#3 posted 02-05-2008 01:32 PM

Make sure you sandwich the veneer between absorbent paper towels when you are pressing them flat. Then change the paper towels every so often

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#4 posted 02-09-2008 07:39 AM

you can buy comercial flateners at woodcraft or rockler. Also there are different formulas out on the internet. A good place to start would be I use commercial flatteners from woodcraft. spray it down and press in between 2 sheets of mdf lined with either newspaper or papertowels to absorb the moisture. keep changing the paper until all moisture is gone and the veneer will be pretty flexible. Just remember to always keep veneer stored flat and between 2 sheets of mdf. this helps to keep in flat and protect it.
don’t try the steam iron. it will work for a few minutes, but when it begins to come back to room temperature it might check and crack even more.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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