Dont forget to continue reading the techniques section, which will introduce you to how to work with veneer. May 27, 2015 in this threepart woodworking video series, fine woodworking contributor bob van dyke demonstrates basic veneering techniques including softening and flattening, rough cutting, seaming, and glueup, while preparing a periodappropriate book matched drawer front. Expert techniques for crafting beautiful images with. Veneer is obtained either by peeling the trunk of a tree or by slicing large rectangular blocks of wood known as flitches. Apply a coat of woodworkers glue to the surface that you are veneering and also to the wood veneer. Then flip the veneer over and add veneer tape on to the show side. It is accomplished by turning every other veneer leaf over, and arranging it. October 30, 2005 veneer as edgebanding ways to make edgebanding out of veneer. Submit questions to our tech support staff about specific wood veneering projects in the workshop.
Browse our selection of wood veneer books including the craft of veneering by craig thibodeau. We have even more veneering solutions and information in our online virtual wood veneer workshop. A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material. How to create a simple veneer book match without special. Choosing stock with grain switches and unusual figure will cause all kinds of tearout when jointing and planing, unless you have helical cutterheads or. Veneer book matching is the most frequently used method for matching wood veneer. This story focuses on using clamps, cauls and wood glue to do the work.
Wood magazine, issue 266 shows you how to make a demilune table. A veneer hammer, which is really more of a stiff, blunt metal scraper attached to a long handle, is used to smooth out the veneer on the substrate, and to squeegee out excess amounts of the heatactivated glue used in the process. The second and longer part of the book covers technique, ending with a few. There are many different ways for applying wood veneers and we will explain four most common methods. Slicing and jointing techniques for wood veneer decospan. There are a few basics that you need to know before you begin working with veneer, such as what tools you will need, what glue to use, how to store veneers properly, and which veneers you should buy when just beginning for practicing. The title of this book is advanced veneering and alternative techniques and it was written by scott grove. The second piece of veneer counterbalances the adhesive on the other side and helps keep the panel flat. Make your own 4way book matched panel with walnut burl veneer, or any kind of veneer for that matter. The surface should be raw wood, plywood, or medium density fiberboard mdf. Veneer is matched by color but not by grain pattern. A strong point of this book is the many color illustrations of each of the steps involved in the procedures thibodeau describes. Veneering wood techniques part 2 wwgoa woodworking tips. To create a bookmatch, you simply open two sequential leaves of veneer like a book to form a mirror image.
In the remainder of the book, benson takes the reader logically through the veneering process. Outlines all the tools and techniques youll need to work with veneer including vacuum bagging and using clamps and cauls. There are three main types of veneer making equipment used commercially. It can be applied to a substrate with cold press veneer glue with a vacuum press or clamping press. If you know the properties of the wood you are working with and use the proper tools, then by taking it one step at a time, you will be able to work with wood veneers. If you prefer the traditional approach, raw wood veneer can be applied with hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. Heres a quick demo of how i book match veneers to achieve the desired length i need for casework.
This allows you to decide on the final look and feel of your panel. Veneers of african ebony with inlays of ivory and other exotic. Wood veneers are a great way to extend your wood projects for a fraction of the cost of solid wood. Beyond millwork, veneers are also required for certain special techniques. Rockler woodworking and hardware offers everything youll need for your veneering project. Apr 27, 2020 discover how and why this ageold hide glue technique works and works best. Techniques for decorating wood with veneer have been around for a while. Hide glue veneering with a veneer hammer is tricky. I was watching an advertisement for space bags where you insert garments to be stored and vacuum the air out to reduce their size. This is an excellent book that deserves a prominent spot in the woodshop.
Book matching is when two identical sheets of veneer are placed alongside each other and each is a mirror image of the other. Ive recently become interested in delving into the practice of incorporating veneer into some of my projects. A technique for matching wood veneer veneer book matching is the most frequently used method for matching wood veneer. This book focuses mainly on how to glue the veneer on the wood. It is much easier than you think and you dont need a lot of fancy tools either. Veneering techniques and equipment have been perfected to the point where veneer is an extremely reliable choice for producing natural wood surfaces for furniture and cabinets. Basic wood veneering techniques made easy start veneering today. Veneer is thin, fragile and prone to breaking apart. It covers a range of veneering techniques that can be used to produce stunning patterns otherwise impossible to achieve with solid wood, including bookmatching, bent laminations, veneering curved panels, edging, crossbanding, vacuum bagging and using clamps. Veneer always needs to be counterbalanced, meaning, always apply veneer to both sides of the substrate. Techniques for decorating wood with veneer have been around for a. A veneer hammer, which is really more of a stiff, blunt metal scraper attached to a long handle, is used to smooth out the veneer on the substrate, and to squeegee out excess amounts of the.
The complete manual of wood veneering lincoln, william a. Including tips, tricks, and the tools needed for perfect veneer projects every time. To get started in this, ive read several books on veneering. One of the great hurdles for many woodworkers new to traditional craftsmanship is applying veneers to a wooden substrate. First, the term veneer implies to some people poor quality and shoddy, dishonest craftsmanship. Raw wood veneer this is the most common veneer for exotic wood species and figures. Veneersubstrate mdf, plywood, or solid wood glue i usually use re. All the leaves from a flitch will have the same color and texture, and nearly identical grain patterns. If you are veneering a flat panel, youll find that you can get a good bond by simply using a cold press. This book covers all aspects of veneering and marquetry techniques, from purchasing materials to stepbystep furniture construction projects. This technique is much easier than you think and you. Jul 07, 2017 basic resawing techniques allow you to make your own thicker veneers.
The same essentials are true using this technique for veneering. There are times when a vacuum press just is not feasible for a project. Using advanced technology, we are able to join the sliced wood into a veneer sheet. Veneering is a unique discipline that requires specialty tools.
Mar 19, 2020 all the leaves from a flitch will have the same color and texture, and nearly identical grain patterns. The tools and techniques used in veneering seem difficult and strange. This was my first time trying it, and i was pretty impressed with the results. Weve assembled resources to help you with wood veneering projects.
Veneer slices are joined in sequence without flipping the pattern. Whether you are a novice or a professional woodworker, the craft of veneering has something to offer that will improve your woodworking. The preferred way to apply flexible wood veneer is with a vacuum press or a cold or hot press with yellow or white glue. Best of all, todays veneering techniques can be mastered by woodworkers of all skill levels without a huge investment of money or shop space. Be sure to apply a liberal coat but dont overdo it. The craft of veneering is a comprehensive guide to veneering that covers everything from using, selecting and laying wood veneer, along with everything inbetween. In this video marc adams walks you through the various tools from hand tool to power tools you can use to cut veneer. African mahogany 1 african padauk 2 aromatic cedar 2 birds eye maple 4. If you are just starting out learning about veneering, this collection of articles will be a great help. It is accomplished by turning every other veneer leaf over, and arranging it such that the grain opens at the spine, similar to the pages in a book.
Veneer tape is thin paper tape with moisture sensitive adhesive on one side and it is very easy to work with. Unfortunately there is very little means to see the content before purchasing. I was looking more for the various methods and formulas to cut and make veneer patterns, the geometry of that used in home size projects. Ways to match and joint leaves of real wood veneer. After reading the information above, you should have a good enough understanding of what it takes to get started. This feature makes veneer perfect for decorative techniques such as bookmatching that make creative use of the woods grain and figure. Everything you need to know about veneering and marquetry. December 15, 2005 veneering a tight radius tips and techniques for applying wood veneer to a fourinch radius column. August 21, 2006 vacuum bag veneering tips some detailed advice about vacuum bag veneer methods. The images below show the different techniques that we apply. Incredibly disappointed with this book complete waste of money for what i wanted. He also goes over the basics of marquetry, parquet, edge and inlay bands, finishing, and repairs. It is a quick method requiring little or no preparation, and minimum investment in tools. Rockler keeps a wide variety of veneers on hand, along with quality veneering supplies including adhesives, rollers, smoothing blades, veneer cutters, and scrapers.
The matching technique should be selected based on the desired finish and appearance. This is my way to apply veneer, it is very easy and the result is awesome. The joewoodworker guide to veneer figure, methods, and options. Wood veneer tutorials wood veneer sheets savings at veneer. In the end, using contact cement is only one option for veneering. Veneering also offers a method for using exotic wood species thats much less demanding on hardwood resources than solid wood construction. Unlock the secrets of using veneer and a vacuum bag, and open a new world of design possibilities and wood choices. Everything you need to know to do your own veneering.
Jun 01, 20 i put this humbler table together to show a method of veneering that is low cost and needs no veneer pressing, hammer work, or vacuum bags to ensure good surface retention. Alternating pieces of veneer are flipped over so they face each other as do the pages within a book. In the early chapters the author introduces the material and the basic processes of working with it, outlining the tools, glues and substrates used. In bookmatching, alternating sheets of veneer from a single flitch are. The fun really kicks in when you start book matching veneer. Wood on wood also called 2ply is a decorative wood veneer face with a utility grade wood backer applied at an opposing direction to the face veneer. Wood veneer joining technique woodworking jake gevorgian. Woodriver digital lcd display veneer edge banding iron. It seems complicated at first but it is merely a question of allowing some wait time in between glue up. Contact us for more information or wood veneer installation tips and instructions.
If the grain is straight, the joints will not be obvious. Second, it is important to get even glue application between the veneer and substrate. They will make it relatively straightforward to follow his practices to get started in veneering. The book ends with some reference material, including a very helpful table of a few hundred types of wood, giving brief descriptions of each ones grain, figure, relative cost, and working characteristics. For those unfamiliar with fine woodworking techniques, the word veneer conjures up images of cheap throwaway furniture, yet nothing could be further from the truth. In hammer veneering the critical process involves quickly slathering on a comparatively thick layer of molten glue to the underside of the veneer and to the top side of the substrate, placing the two in contact with each other, and laying down the veneer by pressing the cross peen of the hammer over the surface with considerable force.
Veneering with hydraulic press is a straightforward process. There are a few types of wood veneers available and each serves a purpose. The sliced strips of veneer wood are jointed mirrored, two by two. This book proves to woodworkers of all skill levels that recreating the beauty of exotic woods with veneers and inlay is not as hard as they thought. The website listing will tell you exactly how many sheets are available in our realtime inventory so you can order as many as you need. This becomes even more problematic when the task involves something more than laying down a single. In it, the author, a longtime practitioner with many innovative and creative. Explore woodcraft s veneers and specialty veneering tools to make a special job easy. Here you will find many of the basic infor mation you need to get the best result. Compared to wood, one of the primary advantages of using veneer is stability.
Large vacuum press bags can cost several hundred dollars. Please don t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance locating the right books for the project you have in mind. This book is an excellent resource for a woodworker just starting out in veneering. Whether its because the project is too big to fit inside a vacuum bag or too small to invest in a vacuum press, there are other ways to successfully veneer a project. While each has its strong points, none, in my opinion, is as complete an introduction to veneering as the craft of veneering by craig thibodeau. Introduces the novice or professional woodworker to a range of veneering techniques from simple to complex that can be used to produce stunning patterns that would be impossible to achieve with solid wood. Veneering with a vacuum pump woodworking blog videos. Cold press veneer glues such as better bond xpress and ultracat. Eight tips for applying wood veneer with contact cement. In the hands of a skilled woodworker, veneer can be used to produce stunning patterns that would be impossible to achieve with solid wood. Remove the blue tape after you have veneer tape along all of the seams on the show side.
In this threepart video series, fine woodworking contributor bob van dyke demonstrates basic veneering techniques including softening, rough cutting, seaming, and glueup, while preparing a period. Advanced veneering and alternative techniques by scott grove. Usually done with lower grades of veneer, the leaves may be of varying width, colors and grains. Making miterfold corners with wood veneer detailed advice on tooling and techniques for making miterfold countertops with wood veneer on an mdf substrate. A manual for decorative wood veneering technology 2nd edition project number. Heres the truth about wood veneers architectural digest. Book matched wood doors or book matched wood anything would have. Here you will find many of the basic information you need to get the best result.
Advanced veneering and alternative techniques is one of the few books which is better than a video presentation of shop techniques. In this saturday workshop, well cover the basics of veneer matching and cutting techniques by designing panels with simple and fourway bookmatching. In this threepart video series, fine woodworking contributor bob van dyke demonstrates basic veneering techniques including softening, rough cutting, seaming, and glueup, while preparing a periodappropriate book matched drawer front. In fact, for an initial investment in a veneer hammer and some hide glue, i feel i am well on your way to making some pretty sweet veneer layups. Our paperbacked veneer sheets, raw wood veneer packs and edge banding tape provide a wide variety of options for your next woodworking project. This is the first in a threepart story, each showing a different way of applying veneer to a substrate. Once you have read the book you can understand and create works of art using the techniques demonstrated.
Professional furniture builder and veneer expert jonathan benson shares. Just tear off a piece of tape, moisten it, and press it along the seam. That said, when a press is unavailable a good quality contact cement will. My first venture into hammer veneering by tom iovino of toms. Over half of the book was large scale vacuum press methods of gluing of large and very large industrial size veneering.
Make a bookmatched veneer door panel popular woodworking. Veneering is a fantastic way to spice up your woodworking. The surface should be clean, free of dirt and grease. Hammer veneering is the oldest method of applying wood veneer to a substrate. All of woodworking takes patience and attention to detail. There are lots of different ways to book match veneer, and in this article, i am going to show you how to get started with a simple twoway book match. You can make the optimal choice for your application. Veneer sheets are sold as individual pieces of wood veneer and are listed and priced by the sheet. The appearance of the grain and figure in wood comes from slicing through the growth rings of a tree and depends upon the angle at which the wood is sliced.746 988 1302 1256 55 1011 1333 969 1568 397 1521 1014 381 327 1380 1158 1377 1630 1460 1230 365 326 1474 202 1178 246 507 798 1013 372 852 1104 1 316 1306 1471 359 1042 871 1165