Veneering Tight Curves
Use a vacuum bag, veneer, Styrofoam, plastic sheeting, and neoprene rubber to flawlessly veneer coves, half-rounds, and quarter-rounds
Synopsis: Learn Craig Thibodeau’s method for veneering the tight curves such as those found on his furniture designs. Using a vacuum bag, veneer, Styrofoam, plastic sheeting, and neoprene rubber, his method will result in flawlessly veneered coves, half-rounds, and quarter-rounds.
My clients prefer figured or exotic woods that aren’t readily available as lumber, so I do a lot of veneering. Luckily, I enjoy the creative freedom this gives, allowing me to run the grain in eyecatching directions—around curves, for example. when I started out, I found any number of articles on how to veneer flat or gently curved panels for doors and tabletops, but not much on the tighter curves I saw in my mind’s eye. So I forged ahead, mixing and matching techniques I found in various places. In this article I’ll show how I veneer coves, half-rounds, and quarter-rounds.
The tools and methods…