Step Gluing the Veneer

Using an inexpensive paint brush, we painted a coating of contact cement on the surface of the drawer panel, and also on the surface of the veneer. This was then allowed to dry.

Drying Time The usual drying time is about one hour. Do not apply the veneer while the cement is even slightly wet. The cement should be dry when you touch it and should not even feel sticky. If you wait two hours before applying the veneer, the bond will be even better. However, do not wait more than three hours or you will lose all bond.

Position the cardboard patterns of the pieces to be cut on the veneer Carefully select the grain pattern and place the pattern over the part you want; then tape the pattern in place.

Veneer Brush Cement
Apply contact cement to the drawer face. Use an inexpensive paint brush, evenly coat the entire surface.

The contact cement has now dried for more than an hour It is dry enough so that paper won't stick to it. Lay a piece of brown kraft paper down on the drawer face, to cover about two-thirds of the surface

Lay down a second sheet of brown kraft paper, overlapping the first and covering the remainder of the drawer face

The contact cement has now dried for more than an hour It is dry enough so that paper won't stick to it. Lay a piece of brown kraft paper down on the drawer face, to cover about two-thirds of the surface

Lay down a second sheet of brown kraft paper, overlapping the first and covering the remainder of the drawer face

Place the piece of veneer, cemented side down, on the kraft paper Feel through the kraft paper with your fingertips to position the veneer exactly where you want it. with its edges matching the edges of the drawer face

When the veneer is positioned, place your palm at one end to hold the veneer in place. Slowly pull out the sheet of kraft paper from the other end This allows the two cemented faces to contact each other

Place the piece of veneer, cemented side down, on the kraft paper Feel through the kraft paper with your fingertips to position the veneer exactly where you want it. with its edges matching the edges of the drawer face

When the veneer is positioned, place your palm at one end to hold the veneer in place. Slowly pull out the sheet of kraft paper from the other end This allows the two cemented faces to contact each other

Still holding the first end down with your palm, rub the other end with your hand to assure good contact of the cemented faces

Now pull out the second sheet of kraft paper and press the veneer into contact with the drawer face. The veneer is now firmly glued to the drawer.

Still holding the first end down with your palm, rub the other end with your hand to assure good contact of the cemented faces

Now pull out the second sheet of kraft paper and press the veneer into contact with the drawer face. The veneer is now firmly glued to the drawer.

Positioning the Pieces Do not simply set the veneer in place. Since contact cement bonds immediately, you will be unable to correct the alignment once the two surfaces touch. Instead, use the paper mask method described here.

When the cement has dried, cut out two pieces of brown kraft paper a few inches larger on all sides than the panels being glued. Place one of these paper sheets so that it covers about two-thirds of the surface to which the veneer is to be applied. Place the second sheet over the remaining exposed surface. This second sheet should overlap the first sheet by a couple of inches.

Now position the veneer panel on the brown kraft paper. Carefully feel the edges of the drawer panel through the kraft paper with your fingers and locate the veneer exactly where you want it — slightly overlapping each edge. You are working in the blind a bit here, since the kraft paper covers these edges, but you shouldn't have any trouble in placing the veneer correctly. You could cut the kraft paper to exact size, which would enable you to feel the edges better, but we have never found this necessary.

Removing the Kraft Paper Now place the palm of your hand on one end of the veneer and press down firmly. It is best to press the end of the veneer under the first piece of kraft paper, which covers two-thirds of the panel surface. With your other hand, grasp the other (second) piece of kraft paper and pull it out from under the veneer. This brings x>nc end of the veneer into contact with the surface of the drawer panel. Discard the paper and, with the free hand, rub over the veneer so that it makes good contact with the drawer panel surface.

Next, pull the other sheet of kraft paper out and rub the veneer over the whole surface to bring it into contact with the drawer panel.

Removing the Masking Tape Finally, pull off the masking tape used to hold the pieces of the veneer together. Do this slowly and carefully so that most of the tape's adhesive comes off. Some of the contact cement will have worked its way under the masking tape and will now appear on the surface of the veneer. Use a soft cloth dampened in contact cement solvent to remove this. Use care in this operation. The solvent will loosen the veneer if it penetrates the wood; on the other hand.

if any of the cement remains on the veneer it will interfere with later staining and finishing.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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