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Posted on Please help with veneering dinner table

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 05:28 PM

Let me preface this by saying that I have not done this before. This is based upon my earlier and recent research and I am sure that the experts will chime in if I lead you off into the weeds.

Based upon what I have read and based upon your level of experience, liquid hide glue (I like Old Brown Glue) may be your best bet at this point, unless you want to try hammer veneering with hot hide glue. With contact cement you get one shot at it. As soon as the 2 surfaces touch, you are pretty much done which could be very heartbreaking with $250 worth of veneer. LHG has most of the advantages of HHG but you will have to find a way to clamp it down across the entire surface to get uniform clamping pressure until the glue sets. Since you obviously do not have a vacuum or a large veneer press, you will need to make several cauls that can reach all the way across. Here is a good tutorial on making some. You may also find other tutorials for making cauls like this on a jointer if you have one. Personally, I would make them from 2×2 (2×4 ripped in half) instead of 2×4. Basically, they are simply boards that are very slightly wider in the middle than near the ends. As you clamp down from the ends, the caul flexes to apply pressure at both the center and the edges of the piece. You would want to lay a piece of plywood between the cauls and the veneer to further distribution the clamping pressure but make sure you lay some craft paper (or even plastic sheeting ?) between the PW and the veneer just in case you get some glue penetration or oozing. You do not want to glue the PW to the veneer.

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