Refinish Furniture

How To Veneer, Trim Veneer

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Remove excess veneer

There are several ways to remove the excess veneer that is sticking over all the edges.

The Band-It Edge Trimmer Band-It Edge Trimmer is 3" wide, 2-1/4" long, and 1" deep. Removes excess veneer on one edge at a time. Includes two replaceable single-bevel mat cutter blades. A handy tool to remove the excess veneer Additional replacement blades are available.

Double Edge TrimmerDouble Edge Trimmer A handy tool to cleanly trim both sides flush on edges like the edge trim on kitchen cabinet doors. Trims from 9/16 inch to 1-1/4 inch wide edges. Just place it on the edge and squeeze it to the thickness you're trimming.

Trimming both sides of the veneer at once can be kind of tricky. If the grain isn't totally straight you'll be trimming a side grain on one side and an end grain on the other side. Trimming against an end grain could cause a tear in the veneer.

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2-In-1 Cornering And Trimming Tool2-In-1 Cornering And Trimming Tool Trim veneer and round edges with this handy tool. It comes complete with two blades: A veneer trimmer and an edge softening blade with radii of 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch.

As with all things to do with this kind of work, patience is a virtue . . . . BE VIRTUOUS!. Go slowly and carefully.

Start veneer trim cuts on ends

Start veneer trim cuts on end grain (that is the ends of kitchen cabinet doors or cabinet ends) from the outside and work toward the middle from each side. Don't work in the same direction from one side to the other, because when you go off of the far side you would without a doubt, take a sliver of veneer from the surface where you don't want it to sliver off.

Remove excess veneer from sides

When you remove excess veneer from the sides, work in the direction where the grain starts on the inside of the kitchen cabinet surface and runs out over the edge. If you start your cut in the opposite direction and cut against end grain of the veneer it's liable to tear chips out into the surface you're working on.

An exception to that is where you come up against a wall or the ceiling. Work as close as you can then very judiciously trim the remainder with a razor knife.

Sand The Excess Veneer Off

To sand the excess veneer off you will need a hard sanding block and 180 grit sandpaper. First take something hard and rounded, like the shaft of a screwdriver and starting gently run the rounded edge back and forth at an angle to the overlapped edge until it defines where the edge of the kitchen cabinet door or other surface is, then with the sanding block at an angle to the edge sand gently until you go through the veneer and it falls off.

Be very careful not to sand any of the flat surface across the grain.

Surface Preparation Is Next

The job appears to be going real well, now we'll go on to the preparation of the new veneer surface for staining and finishing, or you can go to the Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Menu to review some of the other subjects.
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