Never removed any that wasn't already failing.
Sanding it down is the safest approach. A lite application of steam might
loosen the glue if the piece is old.
Others may have better opinions or experience.
A standard household iron set on high would probably loosen the glue.
Post in rec.woodworking for more expert ideas but give more info
material under veneer: (look underneath)
type of wood:
thickness of veneer:
what is under it? if chip or pressed board, you won't get it off in either
one piece or without damaging the substrate so much you won't be able to put
another piece on top without rebuilding the top anyway.
I vote for the hot iron + steam routine. If the piece has any age on it,
it'll be glued with hide glue which loosens nicely under warm moist
Use a very thin scraper or palette knife to separate the veneer from the
Easy does it.
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