Applying Veneer over a Rounded Edge
Quick tips on applying veneer to a four-inch curve. October 19, 2013
I've done basic veneer replacement on antique radio cabinets in the past, but am now trying more advanced stuff. I have several small cabinets with rounded corners, and I'm having challenges getting the veneer bent properly, then problems clamping to get glue adhesion and avoid bubbles. I tried the top on the cabinet shown and had to start over, as I hadn't clamped the rounded part properly. I was using paper-backed mahogany and TiteBond glue as well as Vac-u-clamp veneer softener. I don't have a vacuum press. I would appreciate any recommendations.
Click here for higher quality, full size image
From contributor J:
You need to get some hide glue and a veneer hammer, and practice on scrap. Forget the paper backed stuff too. It will take some work, but you'll get it.
From contributor T:
Get some PSA backed veneer, and just rub it down. It will easily conform to that radius.
From contributor F:
Haven't done any sheets that large, but I normally pre-form (bend) the veneer over torch-heated pipe. Have bent some over wood forms with a clothes iron. Makes the hammered hide glue process easier as you don't have to fight the spring-back.
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base
KnowledgeBase: Veneer: Techniques
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any manner without permission of the Editor.
Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.
The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices.
What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe
for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use
of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation,
and at their own risk.
335 Bedell Road
Montrose, PA 18801
Copyright © 1996-2016 - WOODWEB ® Inc.