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Old 08-25-2009, 08:27 AM
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Default How do I make a piece of veneer flat?

Nitrox took me into a really awesome wood shop yesterday. They gave me a few pieces of veneer to 'play' with.

I noticed that they aren't flat. How do I go about flattening them?
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:44 AM
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I'm a little confused. Is this just plain wood veneer or does it have some sort of backing on it? I've found some veneers are heavier than another so some will warp like paper and then flatten; some won't.

The only way I have been able to flatten veneer is to put some sort of weight on the corners. I don't mind a little waste as the edges and corners usually get a little yucky and I want my images to stand out or enhance the natural whorls and strata in the veneer.

I don't worry about the not flat veneer because so far in every application the veneer has straightened out on my projects.

I'm thinking about a veneer album in my area - just don't have the pics of all the projects to upload yet. . .
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When I stamp an image on the veneer, don't I want it to be flat first?
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Nitrox took me into a really awesome wood shop yesterday. They gave me a few pieces of veneer to 'play' with.

I noticed that they aren't flat. How do I go about flattening them?
Bring 'em on over to me and I'll sit on them... that'll flatten them for sure!

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Bring 'em on over to me and I'll sit on them... that'll flatten them for sure!

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With our humidity, Roberta, veneer tends to curl unless you store it flat AND weighted. To flatten out your pieces prior to stamping you'll want to mist them ever so lightly with water to relax the wood, layer them with paper towels then set one or more phone books or dictionaries on top of them for several days. Check them at least once a day & change out the damp paper towels for dry ones so you don't get mildew spots.

DO NOT IRON, BAKE OR USE A HEAT TOOL ON THE VENEER TO FLATTEN IT!!!
The heat will cause the wood to shrink & possibly crack. If it's paper backed veneer, it will not only shrink, it may bubble up from the backing as the adhesive liquifies then evaporates. This bubbling stretches the wood & makes it nigh impossible to re-attach the veneer to the backing in a way that looks usable.

I have a tip sheet from Wood Venner Man to share if you'd like me to send you a copy?
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With our humidity, Roberta, veneer tends to curl unless you store it flat AND weighted. To flatten out your pieces prior to stamping you'll want to mist them ever so lightly with water to relax the wood, layer them with paper towels then set one or more phone books or dictionaries on top of them for several days. Check them at least once a day & change out the damp paper towels for dry ones so you don't get mildew spots.

DO NOT IRON, BAKE OR USE A HEAT TOOL ON THE VENEER TO FLATTEN IT!!!
The heat will cause the wood to shrink & possibly crack. If it's paper backed veneer, it will not only shrink, it may bubble up from the backing as the adhesive liquifies then evaporates. This bubbling stretches the wood & makes it nigh impossible to re-attach the veneer to the backing in a way that looks usable.

I have a tip sheet from Wood Venner Man to share if you'd like me to send you a copy?
Oh yes! That would be wonderful Inky! A friend of ours suggested steaming the veneer but not for any length of time or it could warp the opposite way.

Since I'm new to this venue, I can use all the help I can get!

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I posted the tip sheet to my blog today for anybody else interested in using the wonderful product!
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