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Repairing Raw Veneers For Use
Prepairing Wood Veneers
Repairing Raw veneers for use
Repairing Raw veneers for use. Often raw veneeers look far beyond being able to salvage them.
Between cracks, buckles, and holes, they can be intimidating for beginners and pros alike.
There are times when I'm not certain we can use them, and still manage to make a profit. The
buckles are time consuming, as they must be wetted and dryed to a flat state. Not a problem, just time
comsuming. This is a common condition to most fancy veneers.
Then we have the cracks to deal with. Again, not a big deal, just more time. These gennerally show
up on crotch veneers, and stumps.
A little more difficult to deal with are burls, with their many flaws, which include all of the
above, as well as numerous holes. The repair methods are the same for all the above listed problems, as we would
normally handle them.
The holes are a different matter and while they too are easily fixed, it takes a little more effert
Several tools are available, which ease the problems of repairing these holes well enough to be
virtually impossible to detect, have been aroung for quite a while. Actually they're becoming harder to
These tools are called veneer punches. They are irregular in shape to make following the outline of
the repair difficult. The eye has trouble following random shapes. The tools have a sharp cutting edge, and are
spring loaded to eject the patch. Available in different sizes, to allow different sized flaws to be
Once the defects are removed, a matching piece of veneer is placed below the hole, with the idea of
finding a good match, both in color and grain. When a suitable repair spot is located, the same punch is used to
cut out the repair. Again, the repair patch is ejected from the punch.
It is now placed into the hole, and taped into place with veneer tape. When done properly, the
repair is virtually undetectable.
The book matched doors below, have somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen such repairs in each of
them, yet installing them in a $ 100,000.00 kitchen is no problem.
The large growth on the tree is a very large burl. Some of the most beautiful veneers come from
growths like these. Although they're generally smaller.
These commercially available punches cost somewhere aroung $ 75.00 a piece, if I recall correctly.
It is possible to make your own, using a piece of electrical conduit, and bending it into an irregular shape,
and then sharpening the edge with a file. The cut outs won't eject automatically, but they are more cost
While the problems associated with working with veneers can seem intimidating, it is well worth the
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