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- Zigzag Oversize Veneer
Zigzag Oversize Veneer
You can build a board that is almost 6’ long and up to 14.5” wide. The zigzag edges fit together like a puzzle.
The seam will be just as strong, if not stronger than the rest of the wood area of a sheet.
This veneering technique is in response to requests for over-size veneer. Shipping problems like breakage and over-size fees are eliminated.
Zigzag Oversize Veneer
Unless specified otherwise, we will ship you:
• 5 Long Grain sheets 69 x 14.5 x 1/16”, 5 Core grade (10 pieces) - sorry no Face
• 2 Cross Grain sheets 23” x 14.5 x 1/16” Core grade (6 pieces) – not shown
• Veneer tape – not shown
Fit the long and short sheets together at the zigzag edges and tape them together using the included veneer tape.
Stagger the zigzag joins within the board. Slice and rejoin sheets so that each join is offset from the one below it by 3 or 4 inches.
For more detailed instructions, see the video demo under the "Specs/Details" tab.
Recommended Thin Air Press vacuum bag size: 40 x 80”
Veneer expands and contracts with moisture. Our veneer is shipped with 7-9% humidity. Keep your veneer stored away from all heat sources and lay it flat.
Keep all veneer sheets together so that when they acclimatize to the environment, all layers expand or contract the same. (ie – don’t store different sheets in different rooms and expect the zigzags to mesh together)
If your work area is very dry, keep your unused veneer sealed in plastic (a garbage will do) until you are ready to use it.Until it is laminated together, veneer sheets are prone to splits, especially the cross grain sheets. Handle them with care, but if any sheets do split, they can be repaired with a bead of glue and masking tape.
Q: What if my zigzag edges don’t fit together?
A: Take the narrower of the 2 pieces and lightly spray water on both sides of the zigzag. That will expand it to match the wider one.
Q: What if one of my zigzags cracks along the length?
A: Go ahead and use it as if there was no crack. The water-based glue will swell the wood and close the crack when it is laminated together.
Q: Why the big deal about Canadian maple?
A: Because the very long and very cold winters mean that the maple trees grown in the northeast regions of Canada grow very slowly. Slow growth is visible when looking at the tight growth rings of a cut log. Those growth rings are different than what you would see in a cut log of a maple grown in other parts of northeastern America, including the mid-west basin. Those tight growth rings indicate that the maple is much stronger than other maples.
Q: What species is this maple?
A: Acer Saccharum, or Sugar Maple. Other names are Rock, Hard Rock, and Hard Maple.
Q: How long can I store unused veneer for?
A: Very important to store it lying flat and away from any heat sources. Veneer will absorb and release moisture all the time, so seal the veneer in plastic if the environment is changeable.
Q: What if my veneer splits?
A: Run a bead of glue along the split edges. Use masking tape strips to tightly squeeze the edges together and wait about 2 hours for the glue to dry. Remove the tape before using it.
Q: What is the different between the Face, Core and Cross Band sheets?
A: Face sheets are sorted as the clearest layers for the top and bottom of your board. Core sheets are the internal layers, and will have imperfections such as small knots and holes, splits, sap lines and other color variations. Cross grain sheets (also referred to as xbands, or cross bands) have the grain running in the 90˚ direction to the other long grain layers.
Q: Why do I need cross grain sheets at all?
A: The 2 cross grain sheets spread out the torsional resistance. When riding a board and you lean your weight on the outside edge, the cross grain layers will make the entire board flex, rather than only the edge you have pressure on. Xbands also stop the board from potentially splitting along the length of the long grain.
Q: Is this Maple harvested from sustainable sources?
A: The mill we source our maple and birch from complies to and is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program, a worldwide recognized service.