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Veneer Questions Answered

“Slight” and “Yes” Red Oak Veneer Grading

Question:In the HPVA spec’s for Red Oak Veneer In A grade Vine Marks are listed as slight and In B grade they are listed as yes. My question is what is the definition of “slight” and “yes” as it pertains to the standards? I have a few sheets of B grade Red Oak PS BM [...]

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Finishing multiple species of veneer

Question:I would very much appreciate some advice and suggestions on staining cabinet doors with a diamond pattern consisting of walnut and cherry veneers.What is the best way to mask off the cherry from the walnut and vice versa without the stain bleeding? I have to match the existing finish in a home which requires a [...]

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Veneering on skateboards

Question:I am researchng materials for production of longboards. They will be 5/8″ thick marine grade baltic birch with wood veneer on one side (the bottom side). What would be the best method of application so that the veneer does not delaminate when the board is flexing under the weight of a person (only about 1″ [...]

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Applying veneer over vinyl

Question:I have 7 new audio speakers that currently been skinned in black vinyl. Can I use a veneer hardwood and re-skin the speakers over the vinyl? Mainly concern of covering the top, bottom and sides. The face is covered with a grill. Below is the speaker. How much of a radius will the veneer handle?Answer:The [...]

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Sanding to refinish veneer

Question:Hello All,Great Workshop!I am a beginning woodworker and have some questions about refinishing a piece that I made. It’s mahogany fibre-core veneer stock. I want to reshoot it with lacquer for some photographs.Any suggestions on how much I should sand it? What type of grit ? Any help is greatly greatly appreciated.Thanks much, DAnswer:The way [...]

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PSA Veneer over laminate?

Question:Any input and/or suggestions about applying PSA veneer over cabinets that have plastic laminate facing?At this point, I don’t know the condition of the laminate as to whether. It is still secured well with no loose areas. I have done refacing before but not on plastic laminate!Answer:No problem using PSA over the plastic laminate. [...]

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Veneer for scale models

Question:I’m looking for a veneer that’s has very light, very tight or no grain, for use on a 1/350 scale model ship. I’m modelling the Titanic. She had decks of “yellow pine” that was bleached so it was very light in color.I’ve seen there are actually Pine veneers available, but I’m afraid the grain would [...]

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Veneer over Plywood?

Question:I am planning to apply veneer to a wall unit that is constructed of 3/4″ pine stock. The wood is very solid and I don’t expect any problems. However, there are several areas that are 32″x32″ of 1/4″ plywood. I cannot get to the back of the plywood. Will I have any problems applying 10mil [...]

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Applying veneer with spray contact cement?

Question:I went to a hardwood store that sells veneer, and I was asking the owner about contact cement. He recommends 3M Super 90 in the spray can. He swears by it. What is everyone’s opinion on this productWhat should be used on the bubble free?I’m new at veneering and want all the answers before I [...]

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Rookie with a question about drums

Question:Gentleman,I sometimes make drum sets with a hand stained finish. I would like to try an exotic veneer finish. The cylindrical shells are raw maple. The sizes are (height x width): 5 1/2″ x 14″8″ x 12″14″ x 14″16″ x 20″2 hoops at 2″ x 20″How much material is needed?I think it is the total circumference [...]

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