Introduction to Wood Veneering
Learn the basics of how to veneer wood in this three-part video series
Be sure to catch Parts II and III for tips on veneer patterns, seaming, and final glue-up.
For those unfamiliar with fine woodworking techniques, the word “veneer” conjures up images of cheap throwaway furniture, yet nothing could be further from the truth. In the hands of a skilled woodworker, veneer can be used to produce stunning patterns that would be impossible to achieve with solid wood. In this three-part video series, Fine Woodworking contributor Bob Van Dyke demonstrates basic veneering techniques including softening, rough cutting, seaming, and glue-up, while preparing a period-appropriate book-matched drawer front.
Part I: Softening and Rough-Cutting Veneer
In Part I, Van Dyke shows you how to soften and relax wavy crotch veneer before demonstrating his method for rough layouts and cuts.
Watch Part II: How to Lay Out Veneer Patterns with Mirrors
In Part II of our series, you’ll learn how to leverage common mirrors for a variety of veneer patterns that are dazzling to the eye, yet easy to achieve.
Watch Part III: Sawing, Seaming, and Gluing Up Hardwood Veneer
Learn how to use a traditional veneer saw to create tight seams before seaming and gluing up a hardwood veneered drawer.