Subject : RE: Breather mesh instead of a top platten? Posted : 2022-01-07 8:58 PM Post #38005 - In reply to #38003
I always use a breather mesh with no top platen. I simply use heavy duty fiberglass window screen (pet resistant variety, which is ~ 3 x thicker than typical screen). One advantage is that if the item you are veneering is not perfectly flat, the breather mesh will completely comform to the surface, and give much more even pressure than a perfectly flat top platen would. Sometimes I veneer surfaces that are intentionally curved, in which case the use of breather mesh without top platen is essential. So both approaches can work, but I recommend the breather mesh only approach as being simpler and more versatile.