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Forum topic by Tommy Evans posted 01-24-2014 02:19 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tommy Evans

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01-24-2014 02:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut oak birch veneering flatten

ha, when is something “vintage” as compare to “old”?

I got a hold of 7 rolls of a self adhesive veneer. 2 walnuts, 3 red oak and 2 white birch. The pieces are 2 ft x 3 ft. and have been never been opened from the factory packaging. Still rolled up. They are .025 thick. I paid $35 for all. The instruction sheet inside the rolls is copyrighted 1985.

There is no Pioneer Plastics anymore, but at that same address is a Panolam factory that produces different laminates for aircraft, and other industries.

The back release paper is printed with ” Scotch 3M 468 Hi Performance Adhesive”. The rolls are VERY stiff and I have unrolled one birch to see if it will relax.

The adhesive is still tacky, but not extremely tacky. It is not as sticky as double-sided tape,IMHO. I cut a 2×3 inch corner and have it stuck to a cardboard tissue box for experimenting. I may attach another piece to wood and maybe try a low heat setting on an iron. That might only sound like a good idea!

My questions are:

Can the adhesive be trusted (This is probably unanswerable), and if not, how to remove it? I find it funny that 3M gives a 18 month shelf life from manufacture for the adhesive. Or sad.
I’m thinking of removing the adhesive and using a ‘normal’ method of veneering.

How to flatten the sheets? Moisture? Ironning? Hey, steam iron? Getting it relaxed and flat seems like it would be pretty important.

My first thought is to veneer the bottom, inside a box. Yes, both sides of the bottom. But I have never used veneer before. Heck, I haven’t used much REAL wood yet, either!

So, how would you handle and use this stuff?

Thanks for the help.
peace, T

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