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04-19-2019 10:35 PM

I will be ordering some birdseye maple and bubinga veneer for the top of a desk that I am building. The top is 30” wide and 60” long. I am planning on gluing/veneer hammering the top. This is my first major veneering project

Can I put the veneer on in segments, for example, put the birdseye on first, then the bubinga and then the trim or do I have to assemble and glue the entire top at one time?

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#1 posted 04-20-2019 03:42 AM

The real beauty of hammer veneering, and using hide glue, is it is ALL completely reversible. Little water, little heat, off.

To do it all at once, or piece it together has pluses, and minuses both ways. My veneer advice is do a few small pieces first, then tackle a bigger piece. It is possible to tape it all together on the back side, and lay it down, but for some that may prove a little unwieldy. Thus the advice is to definitely be comfortable with the process before launching the big pieces.

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#2 posted 04-20-2019 04:38 AM

You need to become comfortable with hammer veneering before you attempt this table. There is a learning curve. Hide glue is amazing stuff but you need to learn how to use it. Hammer veneering can be really frustrating if you don’t do it properly and you almost certainly won’t get it right the first time.
When you are comfortable with it, you will realize that you can do it either way. All at once, cutting overlapped pieces into position is a fast and great way to do it but it takes a lot of planning and organization and you need to be able to work very quickly.
Laying down the largest pieces first, trimming them after they dry (and removing the scrap with warm water), and adding the adjacent pieces may be easier for a first project.

Just my thoughts.

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

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#3 posted 04-22-2019 11:59 PM

Thanks to both of you for the good advice. I was going to use Titebond III but that clearly would have been a bad idea. Having glue that can be “reversed” sounds like a woodworker’s dream. I will also do a number of test applications on some scrap before I start the real thing.

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