How Do I Remove Wood Veneers?

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Removing wood veneers may be required to repair other parts of a particular piece of wood furniture. Find out how to remove wood veneers with help from a 46-year-old master precision craftsman in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy from R and D Wood Shop in Scotia, New York. Today, I'm going to show you how to remove wood veneers. You can see that the veneer in this is just shot. A lot of times you can repair this but there's so many areas of void that we're going to have to remove it. So you can pull off what you need to and those areas that start to give you trouble and grab a wide chisel. When you are working it, work it from the edge, trying not to damage the substrate or the next layer of veneer underneath it. You work it with the chisel as flat along the edge as possible. If you need to change it over, you change it and angle your chisel which will allow you to remove the veneer from the middle of the surfaces without creating any additional damage. Now you can work this right down the edge on the flat and then what you do is you kind of give it a pull. There's a little stub in areas and just lay your chisel flat and work them right along. If you need to, change it over. It's okay to create a little damage on the substrate in the center because you can always sand that smooth, put a little filler or car bondo and then fill it. I use car bondo because it's a non-shrinking agent. Again, try not to damage too much of the substrate or the second layer of veneer because it will make it a lot easier when you go to put the new veneer back on. You're going to sand off the rest of the glue surface and prep it for the next layer of veneer. I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy from R and D Wood Shop, and this was how to remove wood veneers.

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