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Posted on need help with unruly veneer

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 01:47 AM

Sorry, perhaps I’m missing something here. What I’m suggesting is that you need to get the veneer flat before cleaning up the matching edges. I’ve had some pretty gnarly veneer before, and never yet had a piece that I could not flatten using veneer softener, paper, and my veneer press with a pad. What process did you use to flatten it? Again, perhaps there’s something here I just don’t understand correctly.

Again, my process is to saturate both sides of the veneer with veneer softener, let it soak in, place between Xerox paper and clamp it down tight in my veneer press overnight. If the veneer is still wet or damp, I change to clean dry paper, and tighten it down in the press again. And repeat until the veneer is flat and dry. I use a 3/8” thick jute pad for pressing and crank it down tight in the press.

If, when all is said and done, you cannot get the veneer flat and glued up or taped up prior to applying to the box, I doubt you will be able to get a satisfactory veneer job.

If, after all this, it’s still not flat, I would not use it. If the edges won’t come up perfectly tight it will look terrible.


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