Veneering is not too difficult. It just takes a little practice and a few
simple tools. A few must haves:
Good contact cement
sharp utility knife with plenty of blades
Some veneer require a solution to make it pliable.
Decide the order in which you want to veneer. I prefer to veneer faces and
then the top, but you make your own preference.
Cut strips of the veneer allowing plenty of over hang, this will be trimmed
Apply contact cement on the face. Then apply on the veneer strip. Allow to
dry till tacky. Apply the veneer to the work. Contact cement is just what
the name implies CONTACT CEMENT. Once the two surfaces make a good contact
there is no going back. Make sure you line it up right the first time!
Smooth the surface with the J roller then trim the overhang with a sharp
utility knife, or you can buy a cutter specifically designed to trim veneer.
I then take a palm sander and smooth the edges perfectly flat.
Now repeat the process for all the sides. When applying veneer to large
surfaces (such a the top of shelf) Lay flat strips of wood shims accross
the work then lay the veneer on top of the shims. These shims keep the
veneer off the work so you can line everything up. Line the veneer where you
want it and pull out the middle shim, press the veneer in place then remove
the next shim. then so on until all the shims are out. When j rolling this
large surface roll from the middle to the outside.
Now trim this with a trimmer or knife, and sand the piece.
The best way to learn is to try, so what the hell, go for it!
One thing I forgot, clean the surface with a tack cloth before aplying
contact cement. Also, apply cement is a WELL ventelated room, this is some
I suspect the $/sf price for some of the veneer at
www.saratogatreeservice.com (click on "Veneer" )
might cause some to choke and scoff. But to others
who know what they're looking at, Blair's stuff is
pretty damn good and in the right price range for
the quality. Many of the photos don't come close
to doing the real thing justice.
He'd rather keep the trees alive, but if he can't
he'll cut them up, wait a year or two and give
them another go at being useful. He's got a real
work bench going. The base is out of 8x8s so you
know this one's going to be a serious bench. I
think he's building it where it's going to be used
'cause when he's done it's going to take a fork
lift to move it if he changes his mind. Will try
to post some pics if he's willing.
I have no financial connections to Saratoga Tree
Service or with Blair.