Radio Cabinet veneering project

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Project by sugarpine posted 01-16-2022 12:15 AM 589 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The veneer on the top and one side of this radio cabinet was damaged and loose. I removed all the loose veneer and filled in the voids with West System epoxy mixed with colloidal silica filler to a consistency of spackling compound. After sanding to level the surface I decided to forgo contact cement and used the hot iron technique to apply the paper backed walnut veneer. Two coats of Titebond III were applied to the to the back of the veneer and the side and top of the cabinet. Each coat was applied with a 6” roller and allowed to dry for two hours between coats. The veneer was cut 1/8” oversize prior to rolling on the glue. I positioned the veneer and ironed it on with a household iron set to “wool” using craft paper between the hot iron and the veneer to prevent burning. I liked being able to position the veneer with having to worry about it adhering prematurely which is a concern when using contact cement. The veneer adhered without any bubbles and the edges were tight. I let the veneer cool down for three hours before flush trimming the edges. This was my first time using this method and was impressed with how easy things went.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 01-16-2022 01:18 AM

Would love to see it finished! Lots of pieces that vintage were veneer, and most of it failed. Cool old piece!

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#2 posted 01-16-2022 03:01 AM

yeah this is for “finished” projects.looking good though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-16-2022 02:46 PM

I would be interested to see how well the veneer stays adhered over time. I’ve only seen that PVA & hot iron process done on small items like box lids before now.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 01-16-2022 07:22 PM

I’d be very interested in following a blog of your restoration process.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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