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Forum topic by VladimirIvanovich posted 04-09-2017 02:12 PM 357 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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VladimirIvanovich

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04-09-2017 02:12 PM

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Hello. Does anybody know how to treat 0.55 mm veneer for giving it flexibility and durability for making lamp shades? I’ll be very grateful for answer! Image for example:


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#1 posted 04-09-2017 03:07 PM

Many of the veneer treatments with propylene glycol make the wood very flexible. These treatments are used to flatten burl veneers before pressing, they stay “wet” longer than using just water.

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 03:55 PM

I’ve heard of using glycerin to soften veneer for tight bends, but I don’t know the actual process.

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#3 posted 04-09-2017 03:58 PM



Many of the veneer treatments with propylene glycol make the wood very flexible. These treatments are used to flatten burl veneers before pressing, they stay “wet” longer than using just water.

- splintergroup

Thank you, but it is not that i really meant. Temporary softening is not what i want. I’m seeking for some treatment technique that gives veneer permanent flexibility. Moreover, i think it will crack over time in untreated state. And it’s fairly difficult to treat it after forming.

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 12:57 AM

I haven’t done specifically what you are referring to but I have a lot of experience with veneer and a lot with S1 epoxy sealer from System Three. I just bet that if you gave the veneer a couple of coats each side, you would have about what you need. S1 is a very thin epoxy that penetrates well and adds a lot of strength to the fibre. You would have to experiment with coating before or after forming but if I were trying this project I think it would be my first choice.

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