Help!!! Seeking advice re-gluing an old veneered chest!

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Forum topic by mpounders posted 12-02-2010 10:43 PM 1285 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2010 10:43 PM

My wife inherited some furniture belonging to her grandmother and it was stored for awhile. I am trying to repair a chest that has some loose veneer. The entire piece appears to be veneered with some decorative pieces also glued on. The veneer is usually just loose around the edges, like on the drawers, but some pieces have come completely off. And one side has some really loose and swelled pieces at the bottom!

What glue should I use on the lifted edges? Should I squirt CA glue in there or should I try and brush some thinned carpenters glue? I could easily use carpenters glue on the pieces that are completely loose, but was not sure about getting it under just the loose edges. Should I spray the side that is really bad with water or steam it or something and try and get it to flatten out some before trying to glue it? Any suggestions would be helpful! I’ll try and post some pictures of the problem areas if anyone thinks that would be helpful?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 11:18 PM

You might try putting a damp cloth over the pieces with loose edges and use a clothes iron. If the pieces were originally glued on with hide glue or standard wood glue, it will soften the glue and may re-glue it.


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 11:39 AM


1st! You need to know what type of glue they originally used. (Pray that it was hide glue!)

2nd! A good bond requires that you either remove the old glue
reactivating the old (and add some new) glue. (This is where hide glue is an advantage, as Rob mentioned above, and sometimes yellow glue also.)
The only time I have seen dissimilar glues work in a repair situation is using yellow glue to repair a de-laminated contact cement bond on HPL or “Formica”.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 04:41 PM

I tried an iron and had no success, so I don’t think it is hide glue. I used the CA glue on the loose edges on a drawer and on the top. It worked well but I’m just a little concerned about it holding up over time. But it is quicker and less mess than yellow glue. I guess I’ll have to try the yellow glue and see if I can get it where I need to and get a good bond.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 08:04 PM

Mike, buy some of the syringes that they sell now at Rockler or wherever. That way you can get the glue underneath the veneer in places where it’s cracked. You can even poke a tiny hole if you have to. That’ll at least cut down the mess and get the glue where you need it.

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 11:14 PM

I think the syringes and such is probably the way for me to go… will check the local hobby store and see if they have something. Thanks for the visual aids!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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