Hi there... new here.
So I have been replacing the veneer on an old beater clock case I bought on e-cray and that's gone pretty well for the limited pieces I've done; namely, the door has some veneer on the front that was missing. I bought some mahogany veneer to work with and my initial foray into hide glue + veneer has turned out pretty well.
But I have another clock my dad built that somehow has no back. I bought a piece of thin plywood to make a back from and I applied two pieces of veneer to this substrate -- again using hide glue. Hey, if I mess it up, it's going to face the wall for years, right? :)
This was the result:
So how do you keep that substrate from warping like that? I did have it weighted to a flat surface while it cured overnight.... maybe more weight?
Also, as you might be able to tell here:
There's a tiny little gap between the veneer sheets. I tried to make sure they were perfectly straight and aligned on assembly, but I guess I missed a bit -- or a bit fell off when I wasn't looking. Something.
Can I remedy that using some sawdust + hide glue or should I just get some wood putty and fill those little gaps? There's actually two little blemishes where the veneer has holes in it in the upper left corner of the piece... I guess I'll use the same treatment there.
Anyway, I think the warpage will not be an issue in this application (facing the wall). Some brass screws will be employed to hold it all down in the rabbet around the back of the clock.
I'm going to shellac this to practice up on that for the first time, as well. Whee; fun.