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Forum topic by cpollock posted 03-07-2011 04:33 PM 1191 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2011 04:33 PM

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I’m putting custom paneling in my “library” using thin slices of African Mahagony. The paneling is being built in place, so I need to be able to add the veneer to a standing wall, hence I can’t use the usual techniques like vacuum pressing, or plywood presses with cauls, etc. I tried contact cement, but on the pieces I put up last fall, before the heating season began, about half of them have begun to peel free. Clearly contact cement is not a permanent glue.
I need a glue that I can use to attach the homemade veneer, but which has a fast enough grab time that I can do it by applying the pressure by hand and roller. I’m gluing onto standard BC plywood, and my veneer is about 1/16th inch thick.
Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 07:31 PM

Sounds like a very challenging scenario! I don’t have an adhesive answer. The key issue is that wood that thin is going to react to whatever adhesive you use. Clamping can negate this, but you don’t have that luxury.

Top o’ my head is to consider something like doorskins—1/8”, three ply sheets—with a smooth face like maple or birch. Then you could glue the veneer flat in the shop and install this new “paneling.” Might that work?



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#2 posted 03-07-2011 07:53 PM

You’ve just described the qualities of hide glue. It will do the job and has been doing it for a couple of thousand years. Do some internet searching on things like “hammered / hammering veneer” and “hot hide glue” There are some very good videos if you do a video search.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 03:23 AM

Lee, that’s not a bad idea. I’d still have the challenge of attaching the new panels, but being stiff panels, I think I could attach them and hide the nails or whatever with the trim.

Paul, the hide glue suggestion is a new idea to me, this is exactly the kind of input I was hoping to get. I read about it all the time, but it always sounded like a hassle compared to TiteBond, so I’ve never used it. I’ll do the research and let you know how it goes. It sounds like its the answer I was looking for.

Many thanks!!

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 03:43 AM

Check issue #197 of Fine Woodworking for an excellent intro to the use of hide glue. I have done some veneer work with it & liked the results. And online you can find info on a $20 glue pot using a Rival Hot Pot.

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 05:33 AM

I use a Rival and they work well.

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 06:15 AM

You could also do iron veneering. You paint the wall and the veneer with titebond glue. After the glue dries you use a hot iron and iron it in place.

I’ve not done it myself bu Lee Jesberger on this site has and he has done some fantastic veneering jobs.

All of my veneering lately has been done in a vacuum veneer press.

I’m going to be doing some iron veneer in the next few weeks I believe. I’ll be veneering 2 – 14’ planks and putting it us above my kitchen cabinets.

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