I have a veneer project coming up. I have already decided I am going to use
contact cement (not worth it to build a veneer press large enough -
48"x57") and need some advice.
What brand and product in that brand would you recommend? How messy? What
about water based contact cement?
From what little I have been able to Google on this, spraying contact cement
is "doable." Any hints, advice or help ridicule is most appreicated. ;-)
Yes, the veneer is 22mil paper backed. Thanks for the tip on the 3m 77.
Now, all I have to do is find it. It is amazing how many things are not
available in Montgomery, Al. Watching the cooking shows (my other hobby)
and the DIY shows where they say, "You can get this at your local ____."
The chances of getting in and around Montgomery are not all that good.
Thank goodness for online ordering. :-)
:> Robatoy wrote:
:> > HD has it on the shelf...even here in a small HD store. Try there?
:> In my area, 3M 77 is also carried in most any hardware store, auto parts:> stores, office supply stores, photography stores, craft stores...
: BBbbut BARRY... (*whispers*) the Doc is in Alabama??
Actually Montgomery has 2 HDs and 2 Lowes, so I really don't understand
the comment about not finding stuff there.
BTW, the spray comes out in a fan-shape. The right distance will give
you a spray about 6" wide. The glue will have noticeable 'direction'
It is hard the explain. The 'grain' of the glue will show up as a
'vertical' pattern. Then when spraying the piece that you are going to
attach, turn the spray pattern on that piece 90 degrees, so that the
'glue-grain' crosses at 90 degrees. Allow to dry till you feel a
slight resistance (grabbiness *s*) when you lightly slide your clean
fingers across the glue. The glue should not stick to you. Also, poke
any large bubbles in the glue with a toothpick so that the gas can
And no open flames in the same building. That includes pilot lights.
I'm sure you already know that.
At the HD type Borgs, they sell rubber rollers which are used to apply
laminate. They can be a bit pricey, but by looking at them, you'll get
the idea what they're about. A 3" x3" block of flat stock and a hammer
works as well.
I don't know how big a piece it is, but suspending it with some clean
dowels, about 3" apart (or other small sticks) then you get to align
your piece and then remove the centre dowel and press the veneer down.
Then work outwards from the centre by removing one stick (dowel) at
Why bother spraying the contact cement, it usually needs to be dry or almost dry
before you stick the pieces together, so
U should have plenty of time to work with it. I would stick to (pun intended,
sort of...) cement that is solvent based
regardless of how it is applied. It would seem that the likely hood of the
contact cement getting all over stuff you
didn't want to glue is increased a bunch vs just brushing it on with a cheap
I have seen two different designs that were "convert able" into a standing
"desk". Both were conventional looking when in
the "lowered" position, with the exception of the top being two pieces. The
center part of the desktop where your
keyboard and mouse might be located for ease of use, was lowered about 3-4", but
when the top was raised This lowered
piece would "slide" up telescoping extensions in the Round tubing of the front
inside legs of the desk. These telescoping
tubes were spring loaded and held in place by detents with push-in "locks"
normally, and when you wanted to elevate the
height the working area of the desk the detent buttons were pushed in allowing
the lowered center of the desktop to raise
up to be at chest level. I would look at it as more of a desk with a
"fold-down" podium. My x-wife had to use one of
these desks due to muscle fatigue that would make sitting down unbearable for
very long, caused from a hip injury
sustained in a car accident. She bought the unit from a Scandinavian business
furniture store that went by the name of
"Kidnap's" if I remember correctly. The store was in Beaverton, Oregon. The
other "stand-up desk" I observed belonged to
a VP in corporate IT in New York who was a business client of mine at the time.
Although his desk didn't look much like
the ione the wife used both desks functioned almost identically to one another,
the person in new York had to use to the
stand up type desk due to some sort of past injury also. I don't know what the
brand name was of the desk used by the
business client. As far as I know, my x-wife is still using her system and
swears by it's ability to allow her to work
effectively at home as a consultant whereas without it she claims she would not
be able to work for very long, if at all.
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