Step Preparing the Veneer

We veneered the panels on the large drawers First. We looked through our sheets of rosewood veneer and laid out those that created an attractive matching pattern. The drawers panels were wide enough to require two pieces of matched veneer, instead of a single piece. This occurred because the rosewood veneer we were able to buy came only in 4-inch widths.

Remove the old dried and cracked veneer before applying new. The best tool for the job is a sharp, wide wood chisel handled carefully Get under the old veneer, but do not damage the surface of the drawer. II you do, the new veneer will not lay flat.

In some areas the old glue still held. To break through, hold (he chisel verticallyand tap to make cuts through the veneer When you make several cuts near each other, the old glue will loosen and release the veneer. Again, try not to cut into thé base wood

To cover a few chise marks and some old indentations on the surface, use a spatula to wipe a wood filler across the surface. Don't build up the old surface, just fill the dents.

After the filler has dried, sand again to make sure the surface is perfectly smooth

These are the veneering tools and materials: sheets of rosewood veneer cardboard patterns of the areas to be veneered, contact cement, masking tape, a veneering saw and a small craft knife You also will need some brown kraft paper
Now that the edges of the veneer match perfectly. use a strip of masking tape to hold them together Be sure the sheets butt perfectly as you tape

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.

Book Matching Having creatcd the patterns we wanted, we next hook-matched the veneer pieces. We turned the two pieces to be used on one panel in book page fashion and then trimmed the edges so they matched perfectly.

With the patterns and edges now perfectly matched, we laid the veneer down on the work bench, butted the edges, and applied a strip of masking tape to hold them together. The two pieces now became, for our purposes, one piece to be applied to the drawer panel.

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