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    which type veneer for covering stair riser

    I need to cover 2 stair risers with oak veneer.
    I cant use thin ply like the rest, as the bottom one is curved.
    what type veneer should I purchase(paper backing?) and what glue to secure it?

    I want to keep it simple and inexpensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I need to cover 2 stair risers with oak veneer.
    I cant use thin ply like the rest, as the bottom one is curved.
    what type veneer should I purchase(paper backing?) and what glue to secure it?

    I want to keep it simple and inexpensive.
    Allen when I worked for midwest woodworks. We used paper backed veneer to do curved work all the time. We used contact cement to put it on with.

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    I also think the paper backed is going to work best for this. You could (maybe) use PSA, but the paper backed may give the veneer a little more flexibility. Paper backed (IMHO) requires contact cement. Even if you used PSA, I would suggest a coat of contact cement on the riser, then apply the PSA. I've done cabinet face frames that way (PSA) and the bond is incredible!

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    thanx Stephen and fred, my local expensive lumber yard sells sheets of paperbacked.
    since its a one time deal, Ill just go for the extra few bucks and buy it from him, hes 5 minutes from me.
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    remember allen that contact cement holds now you dont move it once its touches the surface, so have your ducks in order..
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    its that bottom stair that will give me headaches, might have to get my son.
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    I've used different types of veneer for different applications. Paper-backed is the way to go for your application. The only issue I have is the use of contact cement. When I did brief stints in commercial shops after my career behind a desk, one shop used TBII or cold press adhesive for veneers which were all paper-backed. We never had a problem with the veneer coming away from the substrate. The other shop routinely specified contact cement for veneering and routinely had surfaces that we had to slice open, inject TBII and iron the veneer back down.
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    my local yard wanted 52 bucks for a 2 foot by 8 foot piece, the smallest he had, and Im not spending that kind of money.
    I can get the same size for 30 bucks online, but Ill look for smaller, I only need approx. 16 inches by 40 inches.
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    What if you take a piece of 1/4" oak ply and run it thru your drum sander to remove the veneer on the back side.

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    It's a shame you aren't closer to Baltimore as I'll be up there in 2 weeks for a week and I would just give you a piece.

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