I'd like advice on how to veneer a plywood cylinder. The cylinder is 27" tall and 18" in diameter. The veneer is birds eye maple. Paper backed or not? Phenolic backed or not?
From contributor P:
Do you have a vacuum press/bag setup? If so, I'd recommend the video "Working in a Vacuum," available from Vacuum Pressing Systems. Well worth the $35. Explains how to do a cylinder and other shapes in step-by-step detail. As I recall, you do two passes in the bag.
Choice of raw or backed veneer is a personal one. If you don't do a lot of veneering, backed veneer is more forgiving in some ways.
If you don't have a vacuum bag, you could go the backed veneer and contact cement route, but getting the seam(s) right could be very tricky. Then there's the hot hide glue and veneer hammer method.
Roll it all the way up past the joint and overlap an inch or so. Trim off the overhanging veneer flush on both ends of the cylinder. Now run a new razor blade knife along a straight edge at the middle of the overlap, cutting through both layers. Now peel off the little pieces and re-stick the ends to complete the joint.
Obviously you should practice this whole routine first before you peel back any paper and pre-cut the veneer so you're only working with what you need. Everything must be absolutely tack-cloth clean or you'll positively pick up a pebble someplace.