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Dec 6, 2021 - 5:24:56 PM
334 posts since 12/28/2014

I posted a while back that someone some where dropped some very thick burl veneer on my porch and needed advice on how to work with it.
Well… the veneer fairy struck again! I still have no clue who is leaving this stuff on my front porch but this time I have some mystery species (I think it’s walnut burls and beech/mappa burl?). I don’t have a ton of experience working with burl veneer and this stuff is proper thin brittle and dry. Should I soak it in water or is there a special chemical that I can apply to soften it up? And what kind of glue should I be using on this stuff.

I have a ton of it so I could experiment and figure it out but it’s so nice I don’t want to ruin it. I’ll post pictures once I figure this blasted system out again.

Dec 6, 2021 - 5:29:16 PM
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334 posts since 12/28/2014

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Dec 6, 2021 - 7:04:52 PM



93 posts since 6/3/2019

Originally posted by link-o-sausages

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Congrats, that's some awesome looking stuff!


I think it depends on the application. When I've made bent rings with veneer, I used CA glue to bond it together. When I made a walnut bridge out of vertically glued veneer strips, I used wood glue and clamped it just like with larger operations. 

If you want it supple, you can stick it in boiling water for 15 minutes or so, and then clamp it to dry around whatever shape you're trying to achieve. 

I'm sure there are more experienced people here that can give you some other, or better, pointers. 

Dec 6, 2021 - 8:06:32 PM
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I’ll have to try the boiling water. I put a strip in some hot “140 degree” water and it was betterish. Took a lot of that raised map texture out and made most of it usable but I think it could be better.

Dec 7, 2021 - 5:11:48 AM

49 posts since 9/17/2017

Fish glue works very well for veneer. Long open time, and high tack. Also reversible if things go wrong.

Dec 7, 2021 - 5:31:35 AM

14133 posts since 6/29/2005

How thick is it and what do you want to veneer?

Dec 7, 2021 - 6:28:39 AM
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Or just Google "how to soften veneer."  You'll come up with a lot of suggestions.  

Dec 7, 2021 - 6:42:16 AM
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117 posts since 12/19/2017

Boy, I would love for the veneer fairy to visit my house. That is some pretty stuff. Look for a local woodcraft store and you might meet some people who can give you perfect advice. I have met some great wood workers at the one that I go to.

Dec 7, 2021 - 9:14:09 AM

334 posts since 12/28/2014

woodchips sadly my local woodcraft is extremely over priced and the owner seems to like the sauce more than the shavings so I stopped going there.
Ken LeVan most of the labels are gone or very faded but one says 1.01mm which I’m pretty sure is a little inaccurate. I have no plans for it yet , just 45+ square feel of veneer was at my workshop doorstep. I’ll probably do what I did last time and leave it be for a few weeks and if no ones screaming about a missing pile of veneer give some of it away…. It’s the hangout so obviously gotta do head stocks, try it on a rim or maybe redo my coffee table with it.

Back on topic I have some nice quarter sawn maple veneer would it be worth while to use that to make a wood backing on the burl for stability? Or is that just overkill.

Dec 7, 2021 - 10:21:02 AM

117 posts since 12/19/2017

If you need a home for some of the veneer send me a private message and I can give up an offer you might like.

Dec 7, 2021 - 10:24:56 AM

117 posts since 12/19/2017

We have a local woodworking guild and I have met many helpful people from it at the woodcraft store. You are right about the people who work there. Most don’t know the first thing about woodworking. They just needed a job.

Dec 7, 2021 - 10:29:21 AM

129 posts since 11/9/2021

Yeah ditto, I'd love the veneer fairies to leave a holiday bundle of burl on my doorstep!

Dear Burl-Santa,
I have been very good this year, making a hard cash sacrifice to the Banjo Gods! My poor family is just starving for nice burl covered presents this year! We have to settle on plain old painted surfaces.

your friend
ps, I will leave a pot of hide glue on the doorstep for you! And some cookies.

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