Trimming paper-backed veneer above a routered edge?

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Forum topic by Caydel posted 03-22-2012 02:54 AM 2016 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2012 02:54 AM

My current project is to work on refinishing an older cedar chest that I picked up in rough shape from the local flea market for $15:

When using it, I noticed that the two end pieces were in rough shape – the veneer was more or less falling off, and was thicker than anything I could obtain, so I made the decision to re-veneer the two end pieces:

I’ve replaced the veneer on the one side with paper-backed walnut veneer from Lee Valley using hide glue, and it went on quite well. However, trimming the edges is turning into a bit of a challenge.

The edges along the bottom of the chest and the back of the chest were simple, of course. I put a piece of scrap lumber along the edge, overhanging if somewhat, and ran my knife along the edge from below the veneer, which cut off those two ends nice and crisply – a quick brush over with some sandpaper and they look perfect.

The other two edges are being problematic due to routered edge that runs along to top and side of the side panels. While I can slowly work along it with a knife, this isn’t proving to be a satisfactory solution – specifically, the knife cuts the wood veneer fine, but the paper backing isn’t cutting quite so crisply leaving feather of paper sticking out. This is with a fresh blade in the knife.

How would you trim back the veneer along an edge like that?

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 03:13 AM

you may have to devise a way to cut a different profile on that edge that will trim the veneer.

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 03:28 AM

A cabinet scraper might take off the “feather”. If a straight blade won’t do it try one of the different shaped scrapers or make your own. Otherwise it would probably be easiest to find a router bit close to the profile you have and recut it. You’re going to refinish the whole piece anyway so changing the edge shouldn’t be a big deal. It might make it easier to remove the old finish from some hard to get to areas also.

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