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halfathumb

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08-16-2019 12:36 AM

I have restored a couple of Pews in my church that was built around 1835. I just picked up another one. The veneer seat (like the previous ones) has started to splinter and peel do to water problems. The removal isn’t to bad using a putty knife and a heat gun. But putting on the PSA veneer can be challenging (31” X 123”), I have to use 2 sheets. The seat is curved and using an edge trimmer isn’t an option due to the wood edging on both sides. So the pieces have to be cut to exact size.

Any suggestion to help make this go a little bit easier would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-16-2019 04:41 AM

No pics of the bench makes it hard to help. Is the seat and back all continuous one piece, are you able to dismantle the sides from the seat, have you thought about using 1” or 2” or 3” or 4” wide veneer stripes and laying one strip at a time, then depending on the veneer thickness light sand smooth and apply a finish to smooth it out. I have a 1952 Lane Hope Chest someone dropped off to have me repair the veneer. This is the way I’m going to replace the front and top of the chests’ white oak veneer then reinstall the original accent trim. It’s a smaller project than what your up against. But a thought.

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#2 posted 08-19-2019 06:19 PM

Sorry Woodendreams, but haven’t much time to figure out how to post pics yet. Very busy removing the veneer on the pew.
This brings up another question. Do I have to remove the entire veneer before I lay the new? I am having a fair amount of success removing the top surface, but not easy to remove all of it, especially on the curves. If I some out the rough edges, will the new adhere to the lower surfaces? Still having trouble with pics. Sorry

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 09:01 PM

Okay. I’m trying my best to post the pictures>
https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/pwjz5co.jpg!
This shows how they attached the ends to the underneath part of the seat.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/pwjzbnt.jpg!
This shows how they used to connect the seat & back to the ends.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/pwjzegs.jpg!
This shows what I’m currently working with. It sure is time consuming.

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 09:10 PM

Okay. I’m trying my best to post the pictures


This shows how they attached the ends to the underneath part of the seat.


This shows how they used to connect the seat & back to the ends.


This shows what I’m currently working with. It sure is time consuming.

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