|Forum topic by TCCcabinetmaker||posted 01-06-2013 03:06 AM||822 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-06-2013 03:06 AM
A couple of tips from a guy that refurbishes furniture from time to time….
1. Plywood is ok, but not for structural parts, or exposed edges. The veneers will peel at exposed edges, which is pretty tough to fix. Plywood will also bow under a load causing hinged doors with weight on them to not keep aligned properly. You can use plywood of course, just don’t expect your piece to have longevity if you use plywood where you should use solid wood.
2. Veneer is ok, but not a good solution long term wise at edges of drawers, doors, or to try and make plywood look like solid wood. Veneers peel, plain and simple, and when you try to veneer things to hide things, well it’s gonna show up over time.
3. Glues… there are alot of glues on the market, you should read up on them to see which is actually going to hold up over time, alot really aren’t as good as they are made out to be, and repairing your pieces can be trickier than one wishes when the glue joints fail.
“For repair guys”
4. Gorilla glue… really should NOT be in your arsenal, it’s messy, it ruins pieces and it’s not necessarily going to hold over time.
5. The pneumatic nail gun is an awesome invention, however you need to be aware of how much damage the different gauges of nails cause on the face, and aware of how long a nail you can use before it comes through the other side.
This post inspired by bad workmanship, and poor repair work. :/ Not that I mind the work, but hey, our reputations are our business, if we have a bad reputation, then we have no work!
-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.