Dealing With Veneer Issues

As promised here is a tutorial on how I removed the veneer from a vintage waterfall dresser. I soo didn’t think this wood work I messed my table up ironing on it with a wet towel two years ago and this fixed it. I don’t know who put this on here but thank you soooooo much – my table looks nice again!! Backer veneer: On panels, you’ll need to apply veneer to both sides to balance the stress caused by seasonal wood expansion and contraction; otherwise, your panel will warp. Hot water is not really needed; in fact, it will only dilute the bleaching chemicals. You may have commercial urea based glue holding the veneer, and than mechanical (sanding) really is about the only way.

Difficult to say when I can’t see it but if it looks like a laminate, it most likely is. If you don’t like the looks of the top and have no intention on keeping it ‘as-is’ there isn’t any harm in trying the above methods to remove it. You may be pleasantly surprised to see what’s underneath! Our beautiful antique Hitchcock Dining Room table had big white water stains which were hidden under the tablecloth-the white t-shirt and moderate iron(no steam)worked liked a charm and it looks great. After all old veneer has been removed, the surface needs to be scraped clean of all glue and debris.

If the veneer is in fairly good shape with just some minor flaws; uplifted areas can be glued back down, gaps and cracks in the veneer can be filled in with wood filler , and scratches can be sanded out… just don’t sand through the veneer like I did on a previous project! Black water rings occur once the water breaks through the finish, where the water along with whatever chemicals it might contain can also damage the wood or its coloration. Follow the instructions on the glue bottle and do not exceed the recommended clamping time.

Then we removed the iron and towel and with a wood chisel (or a paint scraper could be used) we carefully scraped the veneer off. If you can’t avoid cross-grain sanding, you will have to find a compromise between creating scratches fine enough so they don’t show and coarse enough so the stain still darkens the wood adequately. I used a razor blade to cut a slit in the raised veneer then carefully peeled it back until I reached a point of stability.

Note: to check how thick your veneer is just open a drawer or look at the back of the piece where you’ll hopefully be able to see if it’s paper thin (aka: not-sandable) or thicker than a dime or so (aka: sandable). But when I went to Bunnings today they said the only way I could get the paint to stick with a wood veneer, I would have use a primer as sanding wouldn’t be enough to keep it sticking. Hi I am rather confused and hoping you can help me. I have a gorgeous old antique dresser that has a shiny wood veneer on top with a hardwood underneath.

I’ve used flat head screwdrivers, picks, butter knives……these are not the best ways to remove fragile pieces of wood but I’m impatient. Hi, i was worried about doing this to my coffee table the iron one as i loved it but some stupid person put hot coffe cup straight onto it even though i had coasters all over the table. Start with the same process as above and if the veneer is not coming up, use a steam iron to help the process along.

If u steam or get this veneer wet, it will peel right off the object you are working on. I believe veneer is about 1/4-inch thick or less maybe 1/8-inch thick, I have had veneer just break off some old old furniture that I owned at one time. I’ve done this too…what a mess but the good news is that the tables (desks, etc.) tend to look kinda cool without the veneer..and the iron can be cleaned again…a lot of sweat equity..thanx for the share! The masking tape holds the blade slightly off the surface so you can knock off paint spatters without the blade even touching the wood. However, after filling the water reservoir to about 80% full and changing the steam setting to 4 it did start to work!!

The veneer will shrink when the moisture evaporates from the panel and this can cause warping. I PUT IT IN A PLASTIC GARBAGE CAN, FILLED IT WITH WATER ABOVE THE OG, PUT A BRICK ON TOP OF THE OG, AND LET IT SET A COUPLE DAYS. The only effective way to do this is use paint stripper (nitromores) with paint scraper and coarse wire wool and remove the finish completely. I hovered for a second and wiped quickly after to slowly removed all the stains.

The benches and table base are extremely well built and HEAVY SOLID WOOD, I’d hate to dismiss the table top or try finding someone to build another, which really isn’t a bad choice but who wants to pay for something if they don’t have to?! To remove it you need to break the glue bond that holds the top layer to the base so that you can peel it off. I take the advice from the post above and agree but with care with grain filler etc you could get a perfect finsh after removing the veneer, plus I think the maple veneer just looks to good, to perfect.. I like the look of the alder underneath,… but warning to others 99% of most people would most likely prefer the veneer look.

It’s hard to know about the veneer without seeing it. If it’s just a few corners here and there, I would just squeeze some wood glue in there and put a clamp on it to fix the veneer curling up. If you tear the veneer off the faces of all your cabinets, you might have a bigger project than what you bargained for. Finishes prevent water from penetrating, so Kevin suggests making a bunch of tiny slits with a razor blade to allow the water to penetrate. We have a pricey wood kitchen table/counter with beautiful mahogany wood veneers, but a suspect varnish. Yes Cait, you can paint over a veneer surface… I do it all the time with furniture!

When the project panel does not allow for me to oversize the substrate and veneer, I typically opt to trim the over-hanging veneer with a veneer saw or a flush cutting router bit. Unlike veneer that lifts at the edges, a blister can occur anywhere on the surface, maybe even in the center of a table or chest. Regarding the veneer vs. solid thoughts, I noticed that some areas, primarily around the banding, have worn through to a substrate.

I bought this table for 200 bucks, hoping I could make it into something my own since I have 4 children and desperately needed a table (we were eating on the floor). If your veneer has a split, you can prevent it from advancing by place small pieces of blue tape (or standard veneer tape) along the length of the split. Using your hand and a piece of sandpaper you would have to work awfully hard to sand through a standard piece of veneer.

I always use a paper backed veneer on the back side of my panels if the face side uses a paper backed veneer. After eating I watched the Oklahoma-Missouri Big 12 title game and a few hours later I removed both boxes to find MANY white stains (as I mentioned, previously only like one small one would pop up), but this time multiple white stains (close to 10!) occurred and they were a lot bigger!!