How do I repair buckled veneer on an antique piece of furniture?

Jeannie Scott
by Jeannie Scott
I was given an antique dresser and the veneer on the front is buckled and split. Can this be repaired and saved? Would make a beautiful piece of furniture to showcase homemade quilts.
  6 answers
  • The trick is to have a method to clamp the wood down. Most buckled veneer is the result of moisture that causes the wood to swell and lift. You may need to use an exacto knife to split the wood so it will lay flat and cut out the very tiny sliver so it buts tight again. Using a needle syringe with glue in it. You place a tiny amount of good quality wood glue under the veneer followed by a sheet of plastic then clamp it down. Once dry you will need to slightly scrape the surface and refinish the top. Its not hard, nor is it an easy fix But if you take your time you should be able to fix it in sort order. One method of clamping is to use lifting weights. Place a flat board on the top and put on a few weights to press down on the top. Or large C clamps with a board running the entire length of the top.
    • SK on Elderberry SK on Elderberry on Mar 10, 2014
      @Woodbridge Environmental Thanks for your comments. It's great to have a professional willing to give us this kind of information.
  • Barbara R Barbara R on Jan 25, 2014
    I would remove the veneer and see what's underneath. Another lady here found wonderful wood under hers! If it's not, you can purchase veneer and replace it. Repairing is such a long hard process and sometimes not worth it.
  • Linda P Linda P on Mar 02, 2014
    could you post a pic of it?
  • Jeannie Scott Jeannie Scott on Mar 02, 2014
    Linda @Linda P , I found a video with the details to repair veneer so I have already repaired and painted my dresser, but Thanks!!!!!
    Amei sua criação . Perfeita ! Obrigada.
  • Glenda Mangan Glenda Mangan on Feb 24, 2015
    @ @Jeannie Scott where did you find the video, & what's it's name. also would be appreciated if you could share the link. thanks