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Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Winners

Winners in the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge have been announced. This is the second time around for me to serve as a judge in this contest, and it was a challenge for me and the other judges to settle on the best among a diverse group of outstanding entries....

Building Vacuum Veneer Press

It’s been years (actually more like two decades) since I last used a vacuum press during my days in a commercial shop. My recollection is that it was a cumbersome and noisy task. Are you familiar with the high-pitched whine of many vacuum pumps? So a few months back I began...

Deadline Near for VeneerTech Challenge

June 1st is the deadline for submitting your entry to this year’s Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge. This annual contest seeks the best veneer work, and prizes are awarded to the craftsperson who makes the piece, and also to the supplier of the veneer used in the grand prize winning entry, as...

Can Your Veneer Work Meet the Challenge?

Veneer has been used for centuries to add an artistic touch to furniture and other woodworking projects. The visual effect can be stunning, and there are things you can do with veneer that wouldn’t be possible with solid wood. Intricate patterns, exotic inlays and spectacular grain that matches across an elevation...

Veneer – Making Faces

Down the road a few miles from the Atlantic Veneer slicing operation is the Veneer Tech splicing plant. Veneer Tech takes leaves of veneer and assembles them into faces. Think of a 4 x 8 sheet of hardwood plywood, or a sheet of backed veneer. The large faces are assembled then...

Veneer Mill Visit – After the Slicing

At different points in our tour of the veneer mill, our guide would point out a certain element, or an individual who played a critical role in keeping the operation moving efficiently and profitably. The veneer slicing machines are large and complicated, but each of the dozen in the facility depends...

Good Veneer Starts With the Best Logs

My visit to Atlantic Veneer began outside the mill in the log yard, and the first impression is that this is a serious operation that processes an amazing amount of material. Several trucks a day unload logs of maple, cherry and white oak that are harvested in western Pennsylvania and upstate...

All About Veneer – Slicers and Splicers

Last Thursday and Friday I was in Beaufort, N.C, as part of a panel of judges for the Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge. The folks from Veneer Tech were gracious hosts, and the results of the contest will be announced in August at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. After the winners...