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Re: water damage to an old dresser

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-3.mebtel.net)
Date: 3/9/2 18:12

In Response To: water damage to an old dresser (Tiffany)

It sounds from your description like the top is veneered. It is not easy to fix rippled veneer, but it can be done. Sometimes you can iron the veneer back down with a hot iron, but more often the glue has failed and you need to ge new glue under the veneer and then clamp or weight the veneer in place. Sometime you can work form the ends with a syringe and a loon thin spatula to work new glue unde the old veneer. If it is not possible to do that split the veneer with a sharp knive at the highest point of the ripple and gently work glue under the raised portion. Frequenlty when the veneer is flattened it will overlap slightly, remove the overlap with a plane or sand paper on a sanding block.

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