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Forum topic by RocDoc posted 02-06-2018 05:39 PM 1370 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2018 05:39 PM

Working on my next project a fly tying desk, out of local walnut and ash , with ash burl veneer on the drawer fronts. Decided to do a federal style leg with cuff banding and an inlay strip of ash around the sides and front. Went with ash, because they are all dying in my state (NJ) so it’s cheap and it’s kind of a tribute to the eventual loss of ash.

Anyways,..... I’ve never veneered anything in my life, and I’ve got a bunch of small drawer fronts to veneer.Do I really need a vacuum pump system , can’t I just glue it and clamp it?


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#1 posted 02-06-2018 05:56 PM

Veneering is an ancient art, dating back to at least the ancient Egyptians … so, no you do not need a vacuum pump system … just steady even pressure.

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 06:13 PM

Yup, clamp or a press works for flat, anything curved is where a vacuum bag really helps!

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 06:56 PM

That system made for veneering skate boards uses a hand vacuum pump and it works pretty well I used it to veneer a mantel clock, I bet it would have enough capacity for your drawer fronts. Think I bought mine at Woodcraft, let me look for a link… Found teh company, here is a link to one of the models: http://www.roarockit.com/skateboard-building/thin-air-press/tap-kits/thin-air-press-kit-26x28/#.Wnn6H_mnG9I

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 07:06 PM

You’ll be just fine using clamps and platens to veneer those pieces, it’s done all the time.

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 07:28 PM

If you learn to use hot hide glue you can hammer veneer these pieces with no clamps at all. I do a lot of veneering and use only hide glues for several reasons but the ability to glue with no clamps or only moderate clamping pressure is one o& them.
Here is a blog I did on hammer veneering (with a short video) although a quick search will find you lots of others.
http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/36014

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#6 posted 02-07-2018 02:44 AM

You don’t need one but if you do a lot of veneering, it can make the job a lot faster.

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 10:22 AM

Thanks of the input. I’ll go with clamps and platens.

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#8 posted 02-07-2018 12:28 PM



If you learn to use hot hide glue you can hammer veneer these pieces with no clamps at all. I do a lot of veneering and use only hide glues for several reasons but the ability to glue with no clamps or only moderate clamping pressure is one o& them.
Here is a blog I did on hammer veneering (with a short video) although a quick search will find you lots of others.
http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/36014
- shipwright

Wow Paul, that is a great technique and video! Thanks for sharing. That sure beats the expensive of the pump.

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