VENEER REMOVAL - working smart not hard

Here is the final article of the much anticipated VENEER series.

The first article explained how to deal with edge gluing loose veneer
The second article taught you how to rebuilt an area of missing veneer on a painted piece.
The third article showed you how to get bubbled veneer glued back down.

So I have shared with you many possible fixes now
I will be going over how to easily remove large sections of veneer.

Why does veneer start to lift from furniture anyway?
Hands up ... any guesses?
The ladies who have taken my workshop are not eligible so put your hands down.

The answer is

Veneer is typically adhered with water based glues and
when water gets under the edges of the veneer it softens the glue and starts to lift.
damp basement,
on a porch in bad weather,
moisture under a potted plant or vase

Once you have made the decision to remove the veneer
set up your furniture so the surface to be worked on is facing up.

Go get a towel big enough to cover the area of veneer and soak it with water.
You do not need hot water but make sure it is saturated but not dripping.
Spread out your wet towel over the veneer to be removed making sure the water
can get absorbed under the edges and open areas to soften the glue.

Here is the
** work smart not hard part **
Time to watch a movie, go to the grocery store, or do the laundry.
In other words leave it alone to do the work for you,
for at least an hour.

When you come back to the project you should be able to
easily lift and peel the veneer away.

The photos I have used for this article were taken over an hour and a half from start to finish.
There is no need to use heat guns, belt sanders, or nasty gauging tools from now on.

some veneers are covering up pieced together wood and wood with gauges and holes,
but for the most part the decision should be made to remove it because the alternative is worse.

Here is a quick look at some of the new hardware available in the Etsy Shop .

There are 1000's of pieces of up-cycled hardware to choose from at 
firstfinds hardware store


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