Subject : two-ply rookie question - shelf life. Posted : 2020-08-25 4:44 PM Post #37953
Ok, I am no rookie to veneering, but I am with two-ply. I agreed to make a replacement top for my sister. She has an old cabinet, that needs a new top. We decided I would make a two-ply and bring it to her and apply with contact cement. I hate contact cement, but this seems like the only way to get a new top surface since the cabinet isn't going into a bag!
I bought a batch of red oak for both plys, cut and taped. Grains at 90 degrees. Is it ok, to press this and possibly wait a few weeks before the final installation? I can keep it between cauls and ensure it does not curl or warp. Or should I head up to her the day after I press it and get it on asap?
I am planning on using Unibond 800 to make the two-ply
Subject : RE: two-ply rookie question - shelf life. Posted : 2020-08-25 5:18 PM Post #37954 - In reply to #37953
As long as you keep it stored between a couple sheets of plywood to keep it flat after pressing you can wait as long as you like.
A suggestion about the contact cement. Rather than applying contact cement to the entire surface, mask off about an inch around the edge of the cabinet top and two ply, apply the contact cement, remove the masking tape and apply yellow glue in this area. This way the contact cement will adhere most of the two ply to the cabinet top and the perimeter can be clamped. With this approach the two ply can never “lift” around the edges as you have clamped and glued this with the yellow glue rather than letting the contact cement go all the way out to the cabinet top edges.