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Using Adhesives

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Getting To Work

With the preceding “musts” in mind, follow along and see how easy our first veneering project is.

Our project is a beautiful antique wicker table with a previously veneered top badly in need of a new veneer. We selected cherry veneer for the new surface. NOTE: The cherry veneer we used comes in pressure-sensitive (pre-glued) sheets. It's easy and convenient to work with and requires no additional adhesives. Unwrap the sheet and allow it to reach room temperature to insure proper bonding.

1. Strip the old veneer off the top and sides. Next, fill in nay low spots, sand completely smooth, wipe off dust, oil -- any foreign material -- and make sure the surface is perfectly flat. (If you're veneering over old finish, clean the surface with denatured alcohol and allow to dry thoroughly. With 150-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the finish. Wipe off the dust.)

2. Measure the surface (top and sides) to be covered and cut the veneer sheets allowing 1/4" extra on each surface for final trimming.

3. Peel off the backing ton the largest edge of the veneer and expose 1/2" of the adhesive back. Allowing 1/4" overhang, place the exposed back onto the table surface. Press lightly. Slowly peel off additional backing while smoothing the veneer into place.

4. With a fiber board knife smooth the veneer in the direction of the grain. (Scrapers and wood blocks can easily cause uneven adhesion and damage to the veneer.) If you have bubbles, remove by razor slitting with the grain and re-smoothing.

5. After installing each piece of veneer, trip off the excess with a razor, sharp chisel (flat side down), or knife. Sand very lightly with 220-grit sandpaper.

6. Once all the veneer has been applied, use 220-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the entire area with the grain. Wipe clean and apply finish.

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