How to glue strips of ve­neer

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1 We use an Evo-Stik trade con­tact ad­he­sive, which is very ef­fec­tive and also rea­son­ably priced in five-litre tins. Other types such as the re­tail Time­bond shown work al­most as well. 2 Here we’re ap­ply­ing a strip around the curved cor­ner of the heads com­part­ment. Ad­he­sive is first ap­plied to the ply struc­ture – we find it eas­ier to use a brush than a pal­ette knife. 3 Ad­he­sive is also ap­plied to the ve­neer leaf. Both are then left for a few min­utes. The knack you’ll soon learn is leav­ing it long enough to be just touch dry, but not so long the ad­he­sive dries out. 4 When ready the ve­neered leaf is ap­plied to the ply tak­ing care to get it per­fectly aligned – ei­ther with your start pen­cil line or with the pre­vi­ous leaf – be­fore fi­nally press­ing into place. 5 Here the ve­neer is care­fully taken around the curve and aligned. With curves like this take care not to ap­ply too much pres­sure in firm­ing it down un­til every­thing is prop­erly lined up. 6 The roller can now be used to go over the whole new ve­neer to en­sure the leaf is per­fectly flat and prop­erly ad­hered over the whole sur­face with no air gaps un­der­neath. 7 Here’s how the fin­ished pan­els look. Note the sim­ple rec­tan­gu­lar mo­tif – it’s glued on the face of the ve­neer rather than be­ing set in. The fi­nal ap­pear­ance looks pro­fes­sional and costs a frac­tion of the price of us­ing teak faced ply.

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