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VENEER

V. Ryan 2011

 

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Veneer is a thin sheet/layer of natural wood, usually a similar thickness to cardboard. It is produced from a tree trunk in a number of ways. The most popular method is to ‘peel’ a layer of thin wood (veneer) with a cutter, whilst the tree trunk revolves on a large lathe.
 
ROTARY CUTTING
MECHANICAL SINGLE-CHUNK PEELING LATHE,VENEER ROTARY LATHE
 
 
 
 
Veneer is available in two forms, sheet and rolls. The larger sheet veneer is usually glued onto the surface of a cheaper manmade board, giving the illusion of expensive natural wood.

In its simplest form, a roll of ‘iron on’ veneer can be used to glue along the edge of a board, providing a quality finish and hiding the cheaper board beneath.
 
 
HOW TO VENEER THE EDGE OF A BOARD
 
‘Iron on’ veneer is purchased in the form of rolls. It is supplied in a range of widths, lengths and woods. One side is natural wood and the other is a layer of glue/adhesive.

To use:
A strip of veneer is cut slightly longer than the edge of the board. It is positioned on the edge of the manmade board, natural wood side facing upwards. A ‘hot’ iron is placed on top of the veneer. This warms and melts the glue. As the iron is pushed along the strip, the veneer is glued to the edge of the manmade board. A craft knife is used to trim the veneer to the exact size.
 
 
 
 
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