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Veneer Questions Answered

Can I mix raw with paperbacked veneers?

Question:I have a several sheets of raw veneer, 1/42″ thick, that I would like to use on the visible parts of furniture. The substrate will be 3/4″ birch plywood. Since I don’t know how 10 mil compares to 1/42″, can I safely use the 10 mil paperback veneer as backing?Answer:You can feel comfortable using 10 [...]

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Do I sand painted surfaces before veneering?

Question:I have a pair of speakers painted black. There is one coat of sealer and two coats of black, oil-based enamel on each MDF box. Is rough sanding followed by finer sanding enough or do I have to strip off the paint?Thanks for the help, BillAnswer:Your situation is ideal for 3M Pressure Sensitive ( peel [...]

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Can you die cut wood veneer?

Question:I am looking for a veneer that can be die-cut as if it was corrugated board, paperboard, polypropylene etc. This requires cutting with knife/pressure (easy) and creasing (scoring) using either compression or a half-cut (hard).I would consider a veneer with a heavy paper backing particularly if veneer was thin, perhaps 200 micron paper + 100 [...]

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Veneer Repairing as a New Hobby

Question:I have an old desk with the veneer falling off the drawers. I decided I was going to jump into a new hobby, and fix it (or at least try to).Now that I am cross-eyed from site after site not telling me anything, I have landed here. I need instructions for a beginer that might [...]

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Rotary Cut vs. Flat Cut Birch

Question:Hello, I’m wondering if the differences between Rotary White Birch, 1 Piece Face, Rotary White Birch with Seams, and Flat Cut White Birch is in the color, or just the pattern of the grain?The images on your site look like the rotary has a completely different color. I’m interested in the white birch not [...]

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Veneer Gluing Problems

Question:I am trying to glue cherry veneer to MDF with yellow glue. I put a thin coat of glue on the veneer and the MDF. How do I keep the veneer from curling as I wait for the glue to dry?Answer:When gluing veneer down to any substrate with a glue such as a yellow or [...]

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Veneering the Reverse Side

Question:I plan on doing my first veneer attempt with 22 mil. The reverse of the panels won’t be seen. I don’t want to use expensive veneer on those sides. What does everyone use on the inside panels? Is there something Oakwood sells for this application?Answer:You can use a comparable but cheaper veneer for the backer [...]

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How to Finish Veneer?

Question:My plan is to spray some lacquer, Magalac. I’m pretty new at finishing, but I’ve seen it done many times and am confident I can get a good steady spray.I’d like to describe the way I’m gonna do it, and how I’ve been told to do it and see if there are any problems or [...]

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How do I store veneer?

Question:How should I store 1/2 sheet 10mil paperbacked veneer until my next project?The original 4×8 sheet was coiled length wise, but now the 4×4 sheet naturally curls up across the grain and can be coiled fairly tightly. Is that OK? What is the preferred way to store?Answer:The best way to store your veneer is to [...]

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Help! Stained Plywood?

Question:I have a desktop made from 3/4″ finish grade birch plywood. I had previously stained the suface with an oil based stain and then a polyurethane finish.I want to apply a 10mil paperbacked veneer to cover the poor staining job I did. Is there any adhesive/surface prep product that can be used over the finish? [...]

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