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Forum topic by thelt posted 03-17-2012 01:33 PM 1313 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2012 01:33 PM

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I have some small sheets of Walnut veneer (raw) that was given to me about 8 years ago. It is very dry and a little brittle. What is the best way to trim the veneer after being glued to the substrate? When I cut with the grain, I had no problem. It was when I was cutting across the grain that it started to chip out. Veneer is all new to me, but it looks good on small plywood/MDF projects.

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 01:38 PM

Run a piece of tape across it. Then score through the veneer slowly.


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#2 posted 03-17-2012 01:47 PM

I don t have a whole lots of experience with veneers but I have done a few big projects with them . They all came out great. So I can only give you what little experience I have. First they sell veneer softeners it’s mixture of glycerin and water. Its designed to relax the veneer. It really helps. It takes a few days to soften the veneer. Spray it down good ,put some wet paper towels under and over it and if your doing more than one between the veneers. Sandwich them between some plywood and keep some weight on top to keep them flat. Keep soaking them down . They will soften up. This will take the brittleness out of them. When cross cutting them I put blue tape over the area to be cut and make soft swipes with the veneer saw increasing the pressure as I go .take your time here go slow

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