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Edge splicing veneers5/18
Has anyone come up with a way to edge splice veneers besides either taping the joints or using a zig zag thread spliced. I know there are large edge gluing machines that do this but what about something simpler. Also what is your experiences with hand stitches...are they worth the money?
I have edge glued veneers using blue tape and pva glue by pulling the joints together with tape across the joint, turning the assembly upside down, opening the joint by hinging on the tape at the bench edge, applying glue with a syringe and closing the joint and pressing flat with a roller. Slow, but not absurdly so. The main difficulty is getting the leaves to lie flush after gluing, as with typical sliced veneer thickness of .022-3" you can't afford any misalignment. It does avoid all the work of removing tape or stitching and gives a bit more integrity to the joints.
Hand stitchers are definitely worth while for small production, within the limitations I sketched out in my previous post.
Well, the "simple" way to splice veneer is with a longitudinal or crossfeed splicer, that's what they are made for and most are capable of doing it very well. But of course they can be very expensive and are not a "plug & play" piece of equipment (there is a 6 month learning curve with every splicer, even if you are experienced).
I have been working with veneer virtually my entire career, and I only know of three ways to splice veneer faces: by hand with tape; a zig-zag string splicer; or a longitudinal or crossfeed glue splicer. All have their plusses and minuses.
My recommendation would be to find a local veneer company that has splicing capability and let them make the faces for you. They will have the equipment to do it much more efficiently and thereby at a lower over-all cost, especially if your other alternative is to hand tape.
I agree with John, been doing veneer for close to 30 years. If you want quality either sub it out or get the right machine.As for a six month learning curve on splicers, anyone that is halfway competent and has good hand eye coordination can pick it up in a few weeks.