Veneering will be a new WW direction for me. I want to use it in the making of small boxes and perhaps other small items, so the surfaces to be veneered will not be more than one square foot at most; often smaller.
Hammer veneering looks appropriate – but that technique seems to demand hide glue. My question is:
Does hammer veneering require hot hide glue or can it be successful with the cold brown glues now sold as an alternative to the hot stuff?
I read that hammer veneering works by pressing away the excess glue from an initially glue-heavy application, so that the thin layer of glue left in between the hammer-pressed veneer and substrate dries quickly because thinner layers of hide glue dries (evaporates the water) much faster than the the thick layer, whilst the initial thick layer of glue stays liquid whilst the hammer does it’s pressing of veneer to substrate.
But do the brown glues that are used cold dry as quickly as hot hide glue? Presumably the hot hide glue. once pressed to a thin layer, dries quickly not just because of the water evaporation but because of the cooling from hot to cold …..?
Any advice or, better, experience of hammer veneering with cold hide/brown glues will be gratefully received. I am poised ready with the Titebond version of cold hide glue and a proper veneer hammer.