What to do with badly deformed veneer #1: I have some QUILTED MAKORE Veneer

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Blog entry by sandhill posted 07-31-2013 01:14 AM 2422 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If it looked this good I would not even post this question. This is a picture of one of many sheets I had and used all the best ones for some night stands I have 3 or 4 sheets left that are about 10” X 16” but they are badly dried out warped and curled and just deformed but I think they are salvageable. I am hoping Patrick, Patrice or Elaine can give some advice as to how I can fix these or anyone that wants to jump in. I think they would look great as the peddles of a rose because of the sweeping grain I am getting my back log of projects out the door and have a number of blanket chests to make and I would like to use the Makore for the roses on the sides of the chests I think I can get 6 roses out of what I have if it can be saved.

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 05:26 AM

I usually get them good and wet and then press them sometimes with hot cauls, sometimes not. Don’t press hard right off. Sort of ease into it. I’ve saved some pretty ugly stuff that way. My two bottles of veneer softener are still unopened.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 04:43 PM

What we do for those deformed veneer is very lightly spray them, very lightly, it will start to relax fast.
Wrap them in paper couple layer thick, the thicker the more moisture you suck out.
We use blank news paper, and press them hot.
The heat helps to get the moisture out faster.
Change the paper morning and evening until moisture is gone. You can reuse a previous paper if it had dried.
If it is really deformed you can do it in steps, spray and had a bit of weight so it starts relaxing flatter, then spray again and press with clamps.

Like Paul we do not use veneer softener, I do not like to add any chemicals to my veneer when water always worked well for me.

Hope this helps

-- Patrice lejeune

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 07:25 PM

I’d think that the Titebond/Titebond II “apply the glue, let it dry, quickly iron it on” trick (You’ve got more time with the original Titebond than with the II) would probably work pretty well in conjunction with wetting the veneer. You may have a little problem with some cracking as it dries (the iron really pulls the water out of the wood, which means that it can pull apart), but most of those cracks can be filled with the cyanoacrylate and 220 sandpaper trick.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 07:39 PM

Charles Neil did a segment in one of his shows about this. There’s actually a process that takes a few days but does a great job. You should email him, I'm sure he'd give you some help.

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 02:20 AM

Thanks guys, Lot of help off I go to cut out my templates.

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