Are you into furniture making or woodworking? One of the materials used for these projects is the burl veneer. Burl veneer is one of the classic pieces of wood that never goes outdated and can perfectly go with any DIYs, building project including the production of aesthetically appealing furniture pieces.
In fact, top quality burl veneer can also be used as enhancement material for car owners that want to splurge on their automobiles. One of the most used types of burl veneer is walnut burl. If you are about to start a cabinet making project and prefer to use as overlay walnut burl, here is a quick installation guide.
Step #1 – Pick the right adhesive material
Burl veneer is a very delicate wood material. The recommended type of adhesive material for this type of wood is contact cement. How it is applied? The contact cement is carefully applied on both sides, the substrate and back of the burl veneer, then, allowed to set for at least 20 minutes.
Of course, setting time can be affected by the present condition of the atmosphere. If the place where you are working has high humidity level, expect the setting time to extend more. Just a piece of advice, see to it the contact cement is completely dry when touched before installing the burl veneer. If unsure on how to use this adhesive read carefully the manufacturer’s instruction.
Step #2 – Position the veneer properly
The next step is very crucial regardless of the type of furniture or woodwork project you are currently working, position the burl veneer properly over the substrate. While doing this process, check for air bubbles to prevent unsightly marks.
Step #3 – Trim
After the burl veneer has been positioned over the substrate, you can start trimming with the use of a manual trimming device or rotary tool with the appropriate cutter. The rotary tool is the best trimming equipment because it is light in weight and can cut efficiently at a lesser timeframe.
Step #4 – Sanding
Once you completed installing the burl veneer, start sanding the edges and surfaces to create a smooth finish. A sanding block or oscillating device with fine-grit will be your perfect partner.
Step #5 – Staining
When you are finished sanding the burl veneer, leave it to rest for around six hours prior staining. Why? This resting time will allow any gases developed from the adhesive material to escape in the air. Staining process may come in various techniques. It would be appropriate to test first the staining product on scrap burl veneer to ensure you had the right shade.
Additional tips when installing burl veneer:
Before you put any adhesive material make sure the substrate and burl veneer are dust free because any presence of dust or debris can affect the bonding process as well as the overall appearance of your woodwork or furniture making project. Lastly, check the pieces of burl veneer. They should be larger in size than the substrate, so that you can trim any excess and create a perfect fit.
Will you need a bulk supply of top quality veneer including fire rated board products? If yes, feel free to contact the representative at Forest Products and let them help you make a wise selection on what would be appropriate for your next building or DIY projects.
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