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The Society of American Period Furniture Makers  |  Tools and Techniques  |  Veneer and veneering techniques  |  Topic: veneer repair « previous next »
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Striker
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« on: March 18, 2010, 01:32:48 PM »

I know we have a number of accomplished restorers in the ranks.  I was hoping to call upon some of that talent base for guidance today.   A coworker of mine tinkers with old tube radios.  He recently asked for a little help with a veneer problem on a small 1930s radio case.  The veneer on top has become loose in areas which lead to several chips being lifted and broken off.  The veneer edge may have caught on something and pealed back until it chipped off.  The largest chip is roughly ½ wide and maybe 5/8 long. 

I have some generalized thoughts  about how to go about the repair but I'm told it's a very rare radio. Hence, I'm a little apprehensive about going about it in the wrong fashion.  Some questions in my mind are what glue would be appropriate? Would hide glue still been used1930s?  Finish?


Thanks, Stephen
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millcrek
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010, 02:56:49 PM »

yes the glue is most likely hide, but even if it is not you can do the repair with hide glue without doing any damage it is reversible and probably preferred. If the radio was made in a factory in the 30's it is probably lacquer, most factories had switched to lacquer from shellac by then, but to be sure do an alcohol test on the edge of the repair where you will need to repair the finish any way.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010, 10:13:26 PM »

Stephen- See if he has a parts radio that you an get some similar veneer from-Al
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Allan Breed
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 09:29:58 PM »

Thanks guys - excellent points.  I was hoping hide glue was used so I can re-constitute the glue and get the veneer back down.  He has a donor radio case as well to steal some veneer.

Stephen
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