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Re: lifting veneer

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-104.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/26/4 19:03

In Response To: lifting veneer (kathy Groener)

The veneer is sensetive to all the changes in the lower strata of the top as it is affected by moisture and there by expanding and contracting. Most of this is elleminated by at least one cross band of a thicker and fairly flexible layer of veneer. The purpose is to create a safe smooth layer to protect the thinner more delicate top layer of finer wood from the shifting in the thicker core layer below. Look at the lower side of the top, if there were two layers below originaly then there should be the same number of layers above, each layer running in the oppsite direction of the next. When repairing old tops and reveneering same, care should be taken to insure that the sub strata is strong and any cracks have been well glued and filled to prevent expansion and contraction. It is also a good idea to seal the back side of todays tops as our homes have much dryer conditions in winter, and will open and close with cahnges in humidity.

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