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Popular Woodworking 2007-06 № 162, страница 42


Traditional methods with a veneer hammer and hot hide glue.

Veneering has been practiced for thousands of years. It's a way to take some of the world's most spectacular but unstable woods, cut them to paper-thinness and glue them to a stable foundation. By veneering, you can repeat natural patterns, create intricate borders and inlays, arrange grain direction and create surface designs that would be impossible to make with solid wood.

ful opportunities to the woodworker. However, from a technical perspective, there is the problem of attaching this skin securely to a wood substrate. You don't want a veneered surface to peel, crack or buckle.

From an aesthetic perspective, it allows the maker to design the ""look" of his or her creation, almost like a painter working on a canvas. Veneer can change the perception of a piece. A deli-

Using veneer adds a new dimension to furniture making and offers wonder-

by Mario Rodriguez

Mario has almost 30 years of experience as a craftsman, educator and writer. He teaches at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.

cate inlay can emphasize a feature: a cuff around a leg visually anchors a


Popular Woodworking June 2007

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