The course provides a comprehensive introduction to veneering, covering material, essential tools, substrate choices, adhesives, and pressing methods. Through practical demonstrations and creating sample projects like a wall clock, chessboard, and round sunburst top, the course aims to equip beginners with the skills and confidence to understand and apply veneering techniques effectively.
THE COURSE PLAN
As a foundational course on veneering, we will begin by explaining the fundamentals of veneer as a material, the basic tools needed, substrate options, adhesives and pressing systems.
These materials and tools will be presented in a sequence appropriate to a beginner by demonstrating veneering techniques and methods while making several sample projects including a wall clock, chessboard, and round sunburst top.
The goal being that each student, by the end of the course, will have a solid grasp on the fundamentals of veneering and the confidence to dive in.
- Veneer: what is it?
- When is it too thick to still be veneer?
- What’s so great about veneer?
- How to buy veneer
- Essential veneering tools
- Cutting to prepare a seam
- Basic veneer matching patterns
- First sample project: Wall Clock
- Second sample project: Chessboard
- Third sample project: Round Sunburst Top
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Tom McLaughlin has been making and designing commissioned custom furniture for decades. His training launched forward when he entered a rare apprenticeship with master craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Tom remained close to Pug, even after branching out on his own, which included returning to his native New England roots where he’s been making furniture ever since. His credentials include: former Chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters since 1998 and he’s been featured in articles in numerous newspapers, magazines, and woodworking journals. He has been teaching woodworking for two decades at his shop in New Hampshire.