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Veneer Questions Answered

Veneering over Raw Veneer

Question:I have unfinished veneer on the side of a dresser and want to put new birch veneer over it. What would be the best method of applying the new veneer given that it is going over unfinished veneer: hot melt, peel and stick, or the paper-backed with which you have to use contact cement? We [...]

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How should I veneer my fireplace mantle?

Question:I want to put a veneer facing on my fireplace mantle. It is a chunk of Birch wood with dowels put in the front to support it to the stone. It does not look attractive so I want something to cover the front. Which veneer is best to use for this? Can I use the [...]

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Veneering Rounded Corners

Question:Hi. I want to refinish an old cedar chest. The entire inside of the chest is unfinished red cedar. However the outside top, sides, and front have a veneer. Before I realized what veneer was and that this chest had it, I started sanding it because I was thinking I could sand down to [...]

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Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Question:I was going to redo my kitchen (tear everything out) when I saw a DIY show about veneer. Really nothing wrong with my cabinets except they are too dark. I would like to veneer with birch.I will be doing this project solo. I was going to buy several large sheets so I’d have no seams. [...]

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To stain or veneer?

Question:I am a working on a DIY project matching up my range hood which I have built with black kitchen cabinets. The hood is made of remnants, two kinds of wood, red oak and maple?Will I get two different shades if staining two different woods with a black stain or should I just use a [...]

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The spot on the veneer isn't a water spot

Question:On first inspection, one of my JBL 4350 Cabinets with walnut veneer had what appeared to be a simple watermark. I tried “floating” out the stain using linseed oil and gum turpentine to no avail. OK, strip the whole top and resand. The “infected” area will not take the new stain. It simply beads up. [...]

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Is Preglued Edgebanding as Thick as PSA Veneer?

Question:Is the thickness of the preglued edgebanding the same as the thickness of the PSA veneer (maple flat cut)? Also, is the preglued 2″ edgebanding exactly 2″ or slightly wider. I am going to be refacing some cabinets and if I could use the preglued edgebanding, it would sure save a lot of cutting time.Answer:The [...]

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Vacuum Press or MDF and Cauls for Veneer Installation?

Question:I have never veneered before and would like to know if It’s better to use a vacuum press or would MDF and cauls work just as well? If using a vacuum what glue is the best? Different websites suggest a myriad of glues. What glue works best if using manually made press (MDF/cauls)? I’m [...]

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Gluing veneer on exterior door

Question:I’m restoring a pair of exterior glass panel doors from a Manhattan brownstone. They’re about 100 years old and the veneer on the exposed side needs replacing. I don’t have a vacuum press and was going to use contact cement. If the doors are finished well will this suffice?Is flammable contact cement more durable than [...]

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Best finish for exterior veneer application

Question:I intend to use this product to make a faux PT Cruiser woody, without resorting to those vinyl decals. What would be the best finish for weathering the elements? I feel that using a clear coat as on the automobile may work, but may prove to be too brittle. Has anyone done this successfully with [...]

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