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Bowclamp Modern technology used to realize an age-old idea: a perfect bow shaped arc. The Bowclamp's patented design - made possible only with the help of computerized, numerically-controlled cutting technology (CNC) - allows for equal clamping pressure along the entire length of the glue line... with only one clamp at each end!

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:44 PM
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I didn't bother to take pictures of the veneer flattening. Simply put, when you have veneer that is wavy and or brittle, Joe Woodworker has a product called "Super-Soft 2," that you mist on both sides of every sheet and let the excess drip off, then you stack them up with a couple sheets of paper towel between each one and then weight it, changing paper towels every 8 hours until dry; couple days. Pre- Bowclamps I just stacked lumber, tools and a bag of sand on top- pain to change out the towels with the unstacking and re-stacking. This time I used the Bowclamps and got great results and easier change outs.

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Old 06-30-2012, 03:47 PM
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Two ways to veneer a large surface are contact cement and ironing on with yellow glue. For the yellow glue method, thin the glue (I think I add about 10% water) and apply thinly to the substrate and back of the veneer and let dry. Then iron it on. I did this for one project and the bond was secure. However, the 18" wide veneer did split in the middle a little.
Magic Square - for when "close enough" is good enough.
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