I am new to veneering and have a basic question. I have a top that is 3/4" thick. I am going to veneer a burl to the top and use a walnut veneer for the bottom. I am going to veneer the edges (sides) with walnut. What do I do first? Do I veneer the top and bottom first, trim it, then veneer the edges or do the edges first?
From contributor E:
I’d do the bottom first. If you’re using veneer for edges I’d do that next then the top. If using solid wood for edges I’d do the bottom, top, and then the edge. This depends on the line around the top being acceptable.
2. I don't want to spend time cleaning up any excess glue (or squeeze out) off veneered edges.
3. Usually the veneer has a pattern and at the very least is balanced. If I glue the veneer on to a slightly oversized panel, I can straight line a referenced cut after pressing. This way I don't worry if the veneer slips a little while going into the press.
4. Often I want to align the grain on the edges with grain on the top. It's much easier to perform this in this sequence, rather than trying to align the top surface with the edges.