How to repair and restore wood veneers

Re-veneering of a table topDue to a whole host of factors, including changing humidity and central heating in the home, there is often a need to repair and restore wood veneers. Sometimes they can lift away from antiques due to heat. Whilst natural wear and tear can also cause wood veneering to break or tear away from surfaces.

Here we answer some commonly asked questions:


How do you restore wood veneers at Bayleys?

Here at Bayleys we use a traditional method to repair and lay veneers. It is the most sensitive way to repair wood veneering and involves using hot animal glue and a veneer hammer - a tool to squeeze out air pockets and ensure the glue is spread evenly between the veneer and substrate beneath. The method is tried and tested, possibly dating back to Egyptian times.


How can I source new and period veneering?

Elm veneerWe have a large stock of new and period wood veneers, so we can find and use the closest match possible when repairing items (period veneer salvaged from furniture beyond repair).

The veneers we stock include flame mahogany, Brazilian mahogany, rosewood, teak, oak, walnut and beech. We can also source most other species from a South West-based veneer merchant.


For more information

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