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    Avatar Of BillBill
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    I promised Joshua some content if he would put a veneer/inlay/marquetry forum up, so here is the first.

    I have done a very basic demo video of hammer veneering.  It is nothing special, but it does give the basics of how to do the technique.

    If you’ve never messed around with veneering, I strongly encourage you to give it a try.  It really opens up new possibilities.

    I am a newly converted fan of hammer veneering and using clamps and presses with hot hide glue.  First off, you don’t get high (or need to wear a respirator) like when you use contact cement.  Second, it’s all natural – no carcinogens involved.  And third, and perhaps most importantly, it’s reversible.  If you make a mistake, or need to change something, all you need is a little heat and water and you can take it apart.

    After doing this, I have even more respect for folks like Joshua who produce high-quality videos for the internet.  It’s not easy at all.  When I was piecing the raw video together for this, I noticed all kinds of errors.  Bad lighting, bad camera angles, poor sound, dirty shop, cameraman’s finger visible in the lens for a little bit!  The list goes on and on. I will be putting some money into a proper camera outfit so I can produce some better videos.  In the meantime, please enjoy this basic demo and then give hammer veneering a try for yourself.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/rst625


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    • Avatar Of BilboBilbo
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      Hill Bill. Its amazing how so many woodworkers look down condescendingly on veneering. I believe it to be one of the very fine arts of cabinetmaking. I have been doing marquetry and veneering in the 18th European style for a few years now and have recently built my first “Chevalet de Marqueterie” and am loving the control that I now have. Hopefully there will be more woodworkers out there who wish to play with tiny bits of wonderful woods, hide glue, veneer hammers and immense satisfaction

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      Hi Bill,

      I love veneering, I’ve  only carried it out on pieces that I’m renovating, patching/infilling etc.

      But its really interesting, and when you get it right, very rewarding too. I must say I find modern glues easier than hot hide glue, but I’m determined to persevere!

      Really puts in perspective what the guys in years gone by could do!



    • Avatar Of Jeffhjeffh
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      Bill, nice video.  Never done this, so it is interesting to me that you put glue on the face of the veneer.



    • Avatar Of BillBill
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      Putting glue on the face of the veneer does two things: provide a little lubrication for the hammer and equalize the moisture on both sides of the veneer.

      I’m going to do a video on how to pre-flatten veneer before use soon so stay tuned.

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    • Avatar Of Mike In TnMike in TN
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      While I believe that quality work with veneers is a high art form, I believe that the primary reasons that a lot of woodworkers don’t have high respect for the finished product is because we have seen so many mass produced pieces that seem to be prone to deterioration and that some of the overall styles of furniture that generally feature veneers and marquetry are not as popular as they once were. I understand that using veneers allows for the use of woods (species and figure) that generally are not practical for solid construction and allows for creative choices not otherwise possible or practical. I enjoy looking at it and admiring the workmanship and art of it but I don’t think I want to live everyday with it. The exception might be marquetry and inlays inserted into solid furniture.

      Having said that, one of most wonderful aspects of woodworking is that there are so many different products, skills and traditions involved and all are worthy of preservation and study. Thank you for creating sharing with us.

    • Avatar Of KnowwhatmomknowsKnowWhatMomKnows
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      I appreciate you making this video. I have never seen anybody use a hammer like this to place veneer down on a sub straight. Then again, I am new to Marquetry myself :-) I appreciate your time and I think Marquetry is one of the most beautiful things one can do with Wood!!

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