Woodworker's Guide to Veneering & Inlay
Techniques, Projects and Expert Advice for Fine Furniture
by Jonathan Benson

215 x 280mm

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA


ISBN 978-1-56523-346-1

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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.

Photos: Colour

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

Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: Index
Appendix 3: Veneering Suppliers