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Need help with veneer edging4/3
I have a dresser that my customer wants restored. I knew it had veneer coming off but when it was dropped off to me I realized it was particle board under the veneer. I am totally lost on how to proceed now. I've applied edging before but never to raw particle board and I don't even know if I can. Can anyone advise me on how to proceed with this? I'll attach a few pictures. The front sections of veneer came to me partially missing and the rest popped right off. The side portions will not come off with heat applied and I am at a loss on how to remove the rest without further damaging the thin veneer on top. This is my first time posting and asking for help but I'm in over my head on this one. Thanks so much!
I personally don't recommend trying to polish a turd.
You already have some veneer damage on the top. For the edge, I would set up a guide and use a router to trim off the veneer and remaining edging. If you don't have a long enough router bit, trim down as far as you can, then use a top bearing pattern bit to finish. Repair and fill the particle board with with Bondo. Sand or square that back up with the router, then glue on new edging with wood glue, not iron-on.
Rich has given some good advice. I would probably try using contact adhesive instead of the wood glue, but if the wood glue works, that would be preferable.
Dick had a crude comment, but you really need to ask yourself or your client what is this piece going to be worth after all your labor? I am not an expert on the value of older pieces like this one, but it is hard to see much value in your pictures.
The rest of the piece looks like it might be wood, maybe worth the effort. Why not take the top off and make a new one? Most likely that would be easier.
After getting feedback here, I am doing just that. I convinced my customer to let me replace the top - that it wasn't worth the work to fix that piece of crap. I really appreciate the help and advice!
I think I would trim 3/4" off the entire perimeter of the top and wrap it with 3/4" solid wood edging. You can use biscuits and glue for hidden fasteners, or through drill and use Confirmats and glue. Then plug the holes with matching or contrasting wood. No clamps would be need for the confirmats, but you would have to drill for the confirmats at equal spacing for it to look good.