When I hear the word “veneering,” I reflexively think of the many hours I spent feeding 4×8 sheets of plywood into the Joos hot press machine where I used to work. Sometimes we had the opportunity to lay up bookmatched flitches of interesting exotic woods, but most of the time it was simply a matter of spreading glue onto the plywood and dropping a large, pre-cut sheet of cherry or mahogany on top. A guy nicknamed “Whiskey Pete” would then nod at me, and together we would slide the panel into the machine, press “go” and start gluing up the next sheet. It was a lot like work in the summer months, and definitely not my favorite assignment at any time of year.
Chances are you come to veneering without memories of industrial chores to dissuade you. Even so, you may be reluctant to try it. Read the following list for some reasons to get over the hump and utilize veneering in your next woodworking project!
4 Reasons to Try Veneering
1. Veneering is a centuries-old woodworking practice that only recently gained reputation for being “superficial” or false. When you use veneer, you’re reviving some beautiful styles from the past.
2. I mentioned exotic woods in the introduction above. Often, the only way to get your hands on the exotics for a reasonable price is by buying veneer. Shake yourself out of the usual routine by utilizing this type of material.
3. The tools and supplies are also inexpensive. While there are many costly or time-consuming tools you can use for veneering, such as vacuum presses, shop-made mechanical presses or – for that matter – a Joos machine, another option is the humble veneer hammer. It costs something like $45. Get yourself a supply of hot hide glue and you are good to go.
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We promise you won’t need to work with anyone named “Whiskey Pete” if you try veneering. Learn how to veneer, give it a shot and please tell us your experiences in the comments section below!