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Curlin' Burls and Swinging Flames

wood finishing

by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher

If you've ever had the pleasure of dealing with flame cuts or burls on antique furniture, I'm sure you are well aware of the challenges these beautiful cuts have to offer. Although they can be a challenge to glue back down, there are a couple of tricks to keep these veneers in place.

Here are 11 tips:

  1. Gather all of the materials you will need before starting the project.
  2. Remove the finish.
  3. Make sure the surface is clean and free of debris.
  4. Check for any small loose pieces and glue these back into place using Hide Glue and let dry.
  5. Again, using hide glue, spread the glue liberally on the surface and "scrub" the glue into all of the nooks and crannies.
  6. Wipe off the excess glue with a warm, wet rag.
  7. Place wax paper over the entire surface and place whatever heavy weights you have to apply pressure. We use scrap pieces of granite.
  8. Once all is dry, remove paper and let set for a couple of days.
  9. Fill any voids with your choice of wood putty then sand smooth.
  10. Older cuts of veneer are usually much thicker than modern materials, so there is more room for sanding.
  11. On large surfaces we do these in sections.

Visit Highland Woodworking's
Wood Finishing Supplies Department

Alan can be reached directly via email c/o Alan Noel Furniture Refinishing at anoelfurniturere@bellsouth.net .

Visiting Atlanta? Attend one of Alan's upcoming highly informative Highland Woodworking wood finishing seminars:

January 20, 2016  French Polish Workshop
February 17, 2016  Finishing the Finish

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