Any advice for first time veneering?

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1241 days ago

I bought a minimax M16 about 5 years ago and had VERY little use…mainly cutting toe kicks on cabinets.

I still have the original blades that came with it (Olson blades I think). I just ordered a Timberwolf 3/4 3 TPI (PC .032) for my first attempt at resawing.
I’m planning on using some melamine to veneer to,I’ll be sanding off one side of the melamine to expose the particle board.

A few questions come to mind like how do you remove the saw marks after resawing? I have a 37” wide belt sander so I’m not worried about the finished side because after gluing it to the melamine panel I can run it through the sander. How do you get the bandsaw marks out of the side I need to glue?

I don’t have a vacuum press so what type of glue would work the best?

I plan on resawing hickory and about 4” wide book matched. Should I veneer to the thickness of 1/8” or a little thicker to allow for sanding?

-- New Auburn,WI

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#1 posted 1228 days ago

You are sanding off the melamine? Why not just get fresh plywood?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 1227 days ago

Mark I built the cabinet carcases out of melamine and I wanted to try to veneer the end panel. Instead of trying to veneer over the melamine I was going to run the end panel through my widebelt sander, totally removing the melamine for a better bond. About a 2 min job.

Unfortunately I never tried it, I decided to rearrange some of the stationary tools in my shop and install a new dust collection system. So I put off the veneering for a later date.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#3 posted 1224 days ago

I’m with Mark re sanding off the melamine surface. That being said, if you are determined to do so, the technique I found worked well with plywood was to apply an even coat of Titebond III to both surfaces, let it dry completely, and use a house iron ( or a dedicated iron if you have one) to make the veneer stick. This seems to work well.
Re your first attempt at re-sawing, there are many good guides to band saw set up and re-sawing both here and out on places like u-tube, etc. RE removing the band saw marks, your timberwolf blade should give you a pretty smooth result, so just sanding should do what you need.

Good luck!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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