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Steve Fell13/03/2017 21:32:21
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I recently made a small 3 legged demi-lune table with the idea of practising my veneering, stringing and French polishing techniques.

For the most part this went well. The legs and base were veneered with mahogany and the top had a central book matched veneer of birds eye maple. This is where the problems started.

Immediately that the veneer became wet (with glue) it caused the veneer to form extreme ripples, below;

birdseye maple ripple2.jpg

Once formed this sheet was impossible to flatten. Initially the ripples formed while under a vacuum press, which normally provides a lot of pressure. It failed and the piece had to be removed before the glue dried.

Since then I have been unable to flatten the dampened veneer even under very heavy weights and it seems the same problem has now occurred with some burr madrona

Has anyone had experience with this problem? if so, is there anyway around the problem?

Doug14/03/2017 07:41:43
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Hi Steve,

I don't do a lot of veneering mainly inlays but I was fortunate to see David Savage a couple of years back at the European Woodworking show when he was demonstrating veneering techniques.

On badly shaped or wrinkled veneers he recommended using an ordinary household iron to flatten it prior to use, it may be worth trying out on a wetted off cut of veneer ironing through a dampened cloth.

Best of luck,


Edited By Doug on 14/03/2017 07:43:00

Eugene Anderson20/03/2017 12:07:15
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This subject comes up often and if you have a look here on another forum you may be able to find an answer.


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