Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill
East Sussex RH15 0SJ
11-15 November 2017
Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate
Cost : £590
Duration : 5 Days
Other : Ideally some knowledge of woodworking is useful but not essential. All materials are included in the cost of the course.
Veneering is a wonderful way of adding a decorative effect to a project, a technique that has been used in furniture making for hundreds of years. In simple terms, just thin slices of an attractive ‘show-wood’ that are stuck to a groundwork of some sort, originally pine or oak but now, often a sheet material like ply or MDF. This course looks at the traditional method of veneering by hand, and the more modern method of veneering using a vacuum press.
Originally cut by hand with a fine saw, veneers would have been around 2mm thick, most modern veneer production is ‘Knife-cut’ and is typically only about 0.6mm thick.
Veneering opens up huge opportunities for decorative work using exotic timbers and inlays, and using a vacuum press for veneering makes large panels and curved work a much more viable proposition for the amateur and the smaller professional workshop.
What You Will Learn
VENEERS – how to choose laminate materials for a particular project
GLUES – Mixing and using Animal Glues; different types of PVA; UF…
EQUIPMENT – Veneer hammer, ‘Hot Wet Chisel’, Specialist Saws, Knives; How to sharpen and use a Cabinet scraper; Types of Cramps; Making Go-Bars……
VACUUM PRESS – options, types, bags – tried and tested methods for using this cunning piece of equipment in a smaller workshop.
VENEERING – Preparing Veneer and laying on a flat surface by hand ‘Hammer Veneering’ and with a press. How to lay a ‘Halving’, a Quartering, a Cross-Banding, and letting in a fine line inlay.
CABINETMAKING SKILLS – Hand-cutting mitres to accurately fit a lipping around a tray; Using a plane with a shooting boards and jigs; Using a biscuit jointer