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Posted on repairing 40 yr old marquetry coffee table

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#1 posted 02-03-2019 06:07 AM

The fact that the veneer wasn’t hard glued the first time probably saved it from cupping originally. You always try to place veneers at cross grain to the preceding one. This is what you want to do on the bottom. That’s why I called it a crossband. Obviously you can’t do that with marquetry but the one underneath should be done that way. Width doesn’t matter and use whatever you can find in decent thickness.
By all means take pictures of the writing. There are ways to transfer printouts of it onto wood.

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