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How do I prevent chipping when cutting a veneered counter top with a circular saw?

You may be able to avoid chip-out by using a sacrificial board atop of the countertop. Set your depth to cut through the sacrificial board, make sure it is clamped down tight and give it a whirl. ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

Don't make marks where they will show up on the finished piece in the first place. Prefer marking in places so the mark will be on the inside or use masking tape to hold the identifying marks.
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

It wasn't until I noticed that my once tight-fitting dados were now loose that I realized that I almost sanded through the top layer of the plywood in my efforts to remove the marks. You're not the ...
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How do I prevent chipping when cutting a veneered counter top with a circular saw?

@Peter Grace provided an excellent suggestion of placing a sacrificial board atop the countertop. An alternative solution is to mount an auxiliary zero-clearance shoe onto your circular saw shoe. ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

The two suggestions, for the crayons, that I have heard of are: Light planing where the marks are. It has the advantage of targeting where the marks so that you are not actually removing the wood at ...
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Can veneer be patched or do you have to peel it off and start over?

It depends on your goal. The "right" way to fix it would be to strip the old damaged veneer and re-veneer the piece. If it isn't a valuable piece and you don't want to remove and redo the veneer, ...
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How can I cut veneer with a hand saw and not chip it?

With a handsaw, one trick is to score through the veneer with a straightedge and sharp knife. Then use a finely-toothed blade, and let the blade do the work rather than trying to force it into the ...
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Can I cut homemade plywood on a bandsaw?

A band saw is fine. I would recommend that you avoid low tooth counts such as 3 tpi (teeth per inch) and opt for a smaller/denser tooth blade. Don't get to aggressive, instead feed it through ...
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How to strip veneer

Older tables usually mean hide glue. Hide glue releases pretty well with warmth and a little moisture. I've used an clothes iron (steal one from the house) and a moist thin cloth towel. Work a ...
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How to strip veneer

I've been advised to use a piece of glass and scrape it off, Glass can make a very effective scraper but not for this type of thing. I think it could pose a very real danger to the user. When ...
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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?

In order that I try them, I always try the following to remove scuffs, pencil marks, and/or gunk that I get on things as I'm building: denatured alcohol mineral spirits lacquer thinner acetone ...
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How to make the natural wood grains become visible on my wooden door?

Buy a new door. Refinishing Unless there's something unusual about the door that's not evident from the description it literally isn't worth the time and effort to strip and refinish. Even if you ...
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Wood over LCD monitor

Can this be done with an LCD monitor? That'll depends on the monitor and what results you expect. It's worth thinking about how the effect works. I see it as a version of the theatrical scrim effect, ...
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How do you tell whether a piece of furniture is veneered?

This looks like plywood to me. It's pretty hard to tell without a better photo, but here's what I'm seeing... The panel on the left of the photo appears to be three bookmatched sections, but I can't ...
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Veneering with construction adhesives (PL Premium, etc)

Ok, so I ended up gluing felt-backed flexible birch veneer with PL Premium, the 3X stuff. I also had a tube of 8X, but I could barely manage to get it out of the tube, forget spreading. Some notes: ...
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How to remove CA glue stains on wood?

Regrettably when adhesive gets on to the surface like this there's really no good option but to remove the affected wood, usually by sanding or scraping1. You can, in theory, remove the adhesive ...
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Removing metal ornaments from veneered surface

I am concerned that if I lever them off I will either snap the cast metal or damage the veneer. This is a valid concern and honestly I don't know the best course of action here. To help put your ...
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Replacing a portion of a ply in plywood

Tidiest route would be to replace the entire top, or even just to fill the holes and layer another section of ply on top of the entire piece, and then round over the edges to make it look as part of ...
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Best practice for storing veneer?

The consensus is to store veneers flat. If you don't currently have somewhere suitable for the longest pieces consider installing a shelf high on a wall somewhere (or even from the ceiling!) in the ...
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How to strip veneer

I would try an iron as well. In addition, you can just use a scraper and sand off the glue when you are finished.
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Replacing a portion of a ply in plywood

Well, plywood is made of layers of veneir and furniture-quality plywood has one or both outer faces veneered with something prettier than the core. You could cutting/staining/gluing pieces of veneir ...
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Can I cut homemade plywood on a bandsaw?

I'm fairly sure it would be fine to use a band saw, right? Yes it's fine to use a bandsaw for cutting your homemade plywood, just as with commercial plywood. There are a few things you can do to ...
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Choosing wood for long 11'x2' (double) desk top

As mentioned above solid lumber can be had in long lengths, also plywood can be had in in longer lengths a 12' would be difficult and expensive to get. Turn a problem into a feature use an 8' piece ...
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Repair / Restore Veneer Covered Table

How to tell what type of finish you have: Fortunately, you have some flakes. The finish is water damaged...that's why its lifting. Drop some of the flakes into a glass jar of denatured alcohol........
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What is the best process to create a laminated panel with MDF core, linoleum & veneer faces, and edge banding?

I would use the order in your last technique you described but with these details : Cut the MDF to shape Apply the banding to the edge Use flush cut router to trim the banding to thickness of the MDF ...
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Gluing veneered panels together to make a box

After looking at your pictures and seeing what you're after, I think I've got a better idea of what you're doing. If it were me, I'd cut all the box joints first. Your heavy power tools that you'd be ...
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How to make the natural wood grains become visible on my wooden door?

Use stain remover, and chip a thin layer of wood, then apply a new stain. But I doubt that the pressed veneer is thick enough to allow for any thinning. There's no fixing the existing veneer. Face ...
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