Author Topic: I call upon y'alls woodworking knowledge  (Read 162 times)

Offline WTL

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I call upon y'alls woodworking knowledge
« on: December 23, 2017, 05:31:13 PM »
I'm doing a casual resto of my grandfather's 69 Fleetwood, so perfect authenticity is unessesary, but relative closeness is good. 

I have good intelligence on the ground, so I believe I may be getting veneer for Christmas to redo the doors.  Not the original wood, but rather, cherry, which I think will look pretty good. 

Probably 90% of the existing 69s have had the wood ring encircling the steering wheel split, crack, pull off ect.

Does anyone know how Cadillac got their veneer to bend circularly like that?  Steam?  Soak? 

Was the original finish lacquer?  Would poly work well?

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Re: I call upon y'alls woodworking knowledge
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2017, 08:26:12 AM »
Since something close is the goal, how about using a wood grained film.  That would be fairly easy to cut a circle out of.  Maybe a apply first to a suitable substrate....heavy cardboard, or thin plywood.  Cost should not be to bad so if multiple attempts are required to get a a good one, it won't break the bank.

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Offline WTL

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Re: I call upon y'alls woodworking knowledge
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 08:37:53 PM »
I previously used a vinyl sticker, actually cut in a straight line but pulled and applied as a circle.  It does work, but is probably not as durable. I have a piece of straight veneer soaking now. I will report back if I can get it to bend correctly.


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