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    Salvaging veneer

    How do I? I have an old "waterfall" dresser with a lot of good veneer, and several projects that need some veneer repair. Sooo.. how do I get the old veneer off the dresser without tearing it up? Soak it with a damp cloth? -worried about warpage. Some sort of solvent? I've tried peeling with a knife, a sharp putty knife and gentle taps, a razor: nothing seems to work too good. Does anyone have some sure-fire suggestions for removing rather large sheets?
    TIA, Steve

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Hi Steve

    How "Old" is "Old"?

    I wonder, if it is really old, if the glue is "Hide" glue, would the glue soften if you put a wet towel on it, and then pressed a hot iron to it? Maybe the "Steam" setting would work too?

    I did find this online.........

    >> Removing Old Veneer <<

    I hope this helps!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Veneer salvage...

    Thanks, Stuart,
    I don't know the age of the dresser, but as it's all wood, no presswood, very little plywood, and the drawer frames are oak (!!), my guess it is from the thirty's-forty's. So I will go with the hide glue method, and see how it works.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Also if its hide glue you can us DNA to soften the glue

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    Also if its hide glue you can us DNA to soften the glue
    Actually, I'd just use a heat gun - or maybe just some warm water, or a small steamer. Hide glue is pretty easy to soften and remove.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

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