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Forum topic by JoeRPhilly posted 07-18-2017 01:32 AM 338 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JoeRPhilly

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07-18-2017 01:32 AM

I’ve built this 2 sided box to cover a gas pipe in our basement bath and I’m planning to veneer this “box” with vertical grain fir. I’m using psa backed veneer if that matters. Oh and I know that solid wood wasn’t the best choice to use but that was the easiest for me to do. Hopefully it wont cause issues…

I’m trying to figure out how to lay the veneer / align the grain best. As you can see, the box is angled in one direction. I’m assuming I can’t just wrap it around the outside edge without cutting it. I’m guessing I will need to use 2 pieces, but I’m not sure if I should just align the grain vertically one one side then try to match it up on the 2nd side, or run the grain straight up on both sides. Hopefully that makes some sense. Any thoughts?


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#1 posted 07-18-2017 02:31 AM

Me, i’d prime it and paint it to match the walls to try and make it disappear a bit… But, assuming you can still pull it out, just do 1 face at a time. Cut a piece oversize peel back some of the backing to get an inch or so to work with, get the initial bit placed and aligned sliding the rest of the backing up and use a J roller to stick down the PSA. Trim the piece and do the other side. Close to straight should be plenty fine, the grain rarely matches perpendicular faces anyway so “Just Do It!”

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 03:00 AM

what ChefHDAN said, and I would add to do the most visible face last so the seam is less noticeable.

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 05:48 PM

I saw another post recently that recommended putting on a coat of contact cement on the base first, letting it tack up, and then applying the PSA veneer. Never tried it, but the poster claimed great success and holding power.
+1 on vertical grain alignment suggested above.

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#4 posted 07-18-2017 06:13 PM


Me, i d prime it and paint it to match the walls to try and make it disappear a bit… But, assuming you can still pull it out, just do 1 face at a time. Cut a piece oversize peel back some of the backing to get an inch or so to work with, get the initial bit placed and aligned sliding the rest of the backing up and use a J roller to stick down the PSA. Trim the piece and do the other side. Close to straight should be plenty fine, the grain rarely matches perpendicular faces anyway so “Just Do It!”

- ChefHDAN
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