VENEER - bubbles part 3 of 4


Here's the third article of the much anticipated VENEER series.
The first article explained how to deal with edge gluing loose veneer
The second article detailed filling in missing areas of veneer on painted furniture.

This time I will show you how to get bubbled surface veneer glued back down.


For these repairs you will need 3 items,
your wood glue, a shape utility knife, and a heavy weight.


In most cases you can see where the veneer has bubbled/lifted but
running your hand over the surface will also help find areas you don't see.


You have to get the glue underneath your veneer somehow.
The next step is the scarey one.


Use your uility knife to cut a slice into the bubble.
Use a sharp knife, and cut in the direction the grain runs.


Apply your glue getting into the cut and under the bubble.


You can squish it underneath the veneer with your finger,
you can use air to blow it under the edges,
do what ever you can think of just be delicate with the edges of the cut veneer.


Wipe up any excess glue with a damp cloth.


Now weigh your repair down.
Below you can see I used a cast iron urn (heavy) on a flat board,
I even used a small bit of folded sandpaper right over the glued spot as a pressure point.


** MINI VENEER TIP **

Wax paper won't stick to glue well.
It is a good buffering material to use
between your repair and any clamps or weights you use.



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3 comments:

  1. thank you for this series of tips. I have a family piece I need to repair.

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  2. Thank you for all this great information. One tip I learned from a pro was to use a needle to get the glue under the veneer. The one I use is for livestock, the needle is still small enough but it has a large enough opening for the glue.

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