Meeting the small shop's pressing needs
Synopsis: Making furniture out of veneer is just the opposite of making it from solid wood: you build it up as you go, instead of whittling it away. The work itself (the techniques) is well within the skills, tools, and budget of the small-shop woodworker. And it has three advantages: you can make panels of any size, you can use woods of rare beauty, and you don’t have to allow for moisture-related wood movement as you do with solid wood. Ian J. Kirby explains how veneer is assembled, what tools you need to work it, and how to plane it. He uses veneer tape to put veneers together and offers tips on gluing it to your substrate and finishing it. A side article addresses bench-pressing veneer.
Furnituremaking with solid wood is like whittling: you chip away at the tree until you end up with the pieces you need. Working…