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Re: antique waterfall desk

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-55.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 8/22/3 00:53

In Response To: antique waterfall desk (Bonnie K.)

The veneer is a skill that requires a delicate touch and just the right piece of veneer. Find an old piece that isn't going to get fixed and remove some of the veneer that you feel comes close to the desk you are going to repair. Make a template from a masonite scrap and cut a 'V' in the edge. Lay the V over the missing spot so you can see that when cutting inside this shape, you will have removed all the raged hole leaving a triangle void in the veneer. Do the same to the repair material, looking for good semilariety of color and grain. Once again, using a very sharp utility knife cut the veneer along the V opening, make this larger than needed to fill the space. Start checking and lightly sanding the repair piece till it fits exactly. Extra legnth can be removed after glue has dried. If the patch is proud scrape the back with a sharp edged scrap of glass to remove the excess wood, if too thin add paper between layers of glue, tape the 3 sides of the glass to avoid cuting your fingers. Use Hide glue or Liquid Hide Glue (from HDW. store) on patch and loose veneer, tape with easy stick masking tape to avoid shifting, hold tight with clamps or sand bags till set. Clean excess with wet rag or white vinegar. Clean with mild soap and dry emmediatly, Murphy's is too harsh for old furniture. I use paint thinner and steel wool when water is too dangerous to finish and glue.

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