Traditional Hammer Veneering
A low-tech method gives high-style results
Synopsis: When it comes to applying veneer, many woodworkers lean toward higher-tech procedures such as veneer presses, vacuum bags, and clamps and cauls. Yet with a relatively small investment in a glue pot and veneer hammer, you can veneer both flat and curved surfaces efficiently. Dan Faia gives a step-by-step procedure for this low-tech method that gives high-style results.
When it comes to applying veneer, modern woodworkers tend to lean toward more mechanical procedures, such as veneer presses, vacuum bags, and clamps and cauls.
Veneer presses work well on large, flat surfaces, but they take up an enormous amount of floor space. And while vacuum bags are excellent for all veneering applications, flat or curved, a quality bag system is a big investment ($500 and up). Clamps and cauls are labor-intensive to set up, especially for curved surfaces. Hammer veneering, on the other hand, requires only two items: a glue…