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Thread: Cleaning and Reviving furniture(Sewing cabinets)

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    1/4 cup alcohol to one gt shellac.
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    I am about to apply veneer to the top components of a Victorian White cabinet. Pieces separated (even the top frame), veneer removed, sanded, cleaned and ready for the next step. Insert screeching halt here.

    I've researched so many ways to apply veneer that I need help! I've decided to use wood glue and have a tentative solution for all over pressure, a large slab of granite. So many questions!!! Should I start a new thread?
    Annette

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    You can keep it here. I usually use contact cement instead of glue no need to clamp and easy to use. Cut the veneer about 1/8" oversize you can sand down later to meet the edge when the cement cures. If you don not have a perfectly flat surface with weight you will get ripples in the veneer because of the uneven pressure when you use wood glue. If you use glue make sure the granite covers the entire area to be glued and the still place heavy objects evenly over the granite (hope the granite is very flat) such as bricks or a five gallon bucket full of water for the extra weight. Lay wax paper between the granite and the veneer so if glue seeps up it will not stick to the granite.
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    Thank you! I did use wood glue because I wanted workable contact time. The granite is 3/4" thick and very flat. I checked. I used a brayer and rolled out any potential air bubbles before placing a very thin layer of closed cell foam between the granite and veneer. Tomorrow will tell if it worked.
    Annette

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    Looking forward to seeing the results.
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    Here they are! There were two small corners, the back squared ones, that didn't receive enough glue. Less than 1/4" needed regluing. The first pic is after a slight trim, the second, after trim and sanding. Learned a great deal about trimming, and how glorious a sanding foam pad is when the right grit of sandpaper is used with it. Those front curves were what had me SO nervous. I've tapped it lightly all over to check for air pockets. So far so good!

    Finally, the chunk of granite and foam I used. I only have five clamps and not enough edge space to have made that method viable. To do it again, I'll thin down the glue a mite bit. Now on to the lowest section. The one in the middle seems to be fine! Nothing like protection by the top over all those the years.

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    Annette

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    Nice job Annette, your cabinet will be beautiful. Taping the corners down was good. We do that also when something is not glued down a little.
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    Thank you! My DH came home and gave me tips to improve on my "next time." I plan on keeping only two treadles. One to sew on for peace, my Alvah, and one for beauty and sewing, my WFR. I will veneer others for the joy of giving. Now, onto the irons...
    Annette

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    Glenn, your suggestion of contact cement for veneering was spot on! After using wood glue on the White, I contemplated using it again when a Singer 66 treadle came my way. The top wasn't horrid but wasn't going to be an easy clean up.

    Used a scraper and heat gun to loosen and remove the old battered oak top, that took less than 10 minutes. Then from prep to placement of veneer was about 30 minutes. Five minutes of that was looking for the cement! A good rollering and today it is being trimmed, sanded, and stained. SOO much easier! I used a cheap chip brush to put the goo on and then tossed it. No clean up. Thanks!
    Annette

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