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Posted on Please help with veneering dinner table

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 10:58 PM


it seems like most of the pros here prefer hide glue. I understand why.
I have never used it before and am scared to screw up my table…I am still considering it.

How come you would not use PVA + hot iron to glue a large veneer sheet, like 50”x50” in my case (one for each top panel)?

- Dima

Dima, I finished a mirror project, with advice from Shipwright, with veneer a couple of months ago. This was my first attempt at using hot hide glue and frankly, would have been almost impossible with any other method of applying the veneer. Shipwright has some good tutorials in his blog that helped me get the confidence to do this. The greatest thing about the hide glue is how forgiving it is. It allows you to move the veneer around to get it in place before you “hammer it down”. And if for some reason you don’t like where it is, you can apply a little heat and moisture to release it to try again. Not sure how big your pieces of veneer are but as a beginner, I highly recommend working with smaller pieces. I would also practice something smaller. In the future, I would definitely use thicker veneer than the stuff I could get locally. Also note that doing hot hide glue during cold weather in a cold shop adds an extra level of difficulty.

Like others, I am a little confused why you need veneer in the first place since you started with Red Oak plywood. Is there something wrong with the veneer that is already on it?

Another thing that you may not have thought about is that if the edge boards that you have already attached are perfectly even with the surface of the plywood now, realize that the veneer will protrude above that and it will get snagged and chipped very quickly with use. Are you sure that you cannot just finish the plywood as it is?

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