Woodworker's Guide to Veneering & Inlay
Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 140
Veneers were first used more than 5000 years ago. Wood was scarce and expensive, so a solid substrate would be glued up from relatively small pieces of wood - sometimes of different species - then covered with attractive veneers.
The reason for using veneers has not changed. The technique allows the artisan to gain maximum impact from a small resource. Highly figured woods can be employed to achieve decorative effects which would be either impossible or prohibitively costly with solid wood.
Woodworker's Guide to Veneering & Inlay begins with a brief but stunning gallery of work by some of the world's most able artists in wood. It goes on to discuss the way in which veneers are made (since this is sometimes important to the manner in which they are used) and the basic method of applying a veneer.
A chapter is devoted to substrates and another to adhesives before returning to actual veneering with a description of the various kinds of press that may be used.
There is also a brief but comprehensive treatment of Hammer Veneering - a subject often ignored in modern texts.
The following two chapters deal first with The Edge of the veneered panel and Problems, Repairs and Finishing.
More advanced work is introduced in Complex Matching, Inlays & Borders.
Marquetry & Parquetry are also considered before moving on to the Bandsawing of Veneers.
The final chapter contains instructions for the making of a modern veneered Mirror Frame.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
Chapter 1: Veneering Then & Now
Chapter 2: From Forest to Shop
Chapter 3: Cutting, Matching & Taping Veneers
Chapter 4: Substrates
Chapter 5: Adhesives
Chapter 6: Pressure & Presses
Chapter 7: The Edge
Chapter 8: Problems, Repairs & Finishing
Chapter 9: Complex Matching, Inlays & Borders
Chapter 10: Marquetry & Parquetry
Chapter 11: Band-Sawing Veneers
Chapter 12: Mirror Frame