Veneer Softener

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Allen
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Veneer Softener

Post by Allen » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:32 pm

I have a project coming up that I anticipate is going to be very difficult to bend the sides so got in a bottle of Veneer Softener from Carbatec.

Today I had a set of extremely curly Aussie Blackwood that I've built with quite a bit and know I have to go slow and very careful, so decided that this would be a great try out for the product.

Must say I'm more than amazed. I'm certain that a complete newbie would successfully bend those sides on the iron. In fact I can't think of any set of sides that I've bent that would have been easier.
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Re: Veneer Softener

Post by Dave M » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:43 am

What was your regime Allen?
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Re: Veneer Softener

Post by Allen » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:57 am

Brush on (bottle didn't come with spray head) just so it wet each side. Let dry (about 15 minutes) and then spritz with water and bend on the iron are normal.
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Re: Veneer Softener

Post by lamanoditrento » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:49 am

It is a really useful thing to have when you need it. We have however had problems with veneer softener and silky oak with the wood almost disintegrating as if it was cardboard.
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Re: Veneer Softener

Post by nkforster » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:19 am

There is always the cheapskate version - fabric softener. Pick a white one.

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Re: Veneer Softener

Post by Trevor Gore » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:28 am

I bought some veneer softener from Carbatec years ago (price on my bottle $22, vs. $42 for what looks like the identical bottle now). I found it didn't work nearly as well as the fabric softener I was using. Maybe the formulation has changed???

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