#4 VENEER REMOVAL - working smart not hard

Here's the fourth article of the VENEER series.
*links to all articles are listed at the end of this article*

This article is how to easily remove large sections of veneer.

Why does veneer start to lift from furniture anyway?

The answer is *MOISTURE*

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

The decision to remove veneer should be made because the
 alternative is worse but beware some veneers are covering up
 pieced together wood and wood with gauges and holes


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 start to 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.
Just some more water and some time!!

Thanks for following along with my VENEER series

Article #3  bubbled veneer 

Article #4 removing veneer

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