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Next page, "Veneering with Leather.

Next page, "Veneering with Leather.

Old joint, new fastener. After regluing one of the dovetailed drawers, Kirby uses a pneumatic nailer to pin a joint fast.

The back goes on last. Leaving the back off makes it easier to install and adjust the drawer guides for a smooth, precise fit with each drawer.

11 Face edge. Trim the irregular edge off the leather with a sharp pocket knife, guided by a steel straightedge.

B Roll it out. A disposable trim roller makes short work of spreading yellow glue on this drawer front.

Veneering with by Ian J. Kirby

Leather is the quickest finish for raw wood, plywood, or MDF. The lush hide looks rich in every way. It's a great finish for projects of any size, from bureaus like the one shown here to small jewelry boxes. It also hides a multitude of sins. You'll find leather in fabric stores and leather shops. (Look under "Leather" in the Yellow Pages of your phone book.)

Finishing with leather doesn't demand an extensive tool kit. You'll need a super-sharp knife for cutting; a steel straightedge; tempered hardboard to use as a cutting board; yellow glue and a small paint roller for spreading it; an ordinary household iron; and some hard-surfaced drawing paper.

Sawdust is leather's enemy. Stray crud embeds itself in the suede side, making a lump. You can vacuum the shop like never before or move to the dining room table.

Establish a face edge by making a straight cut to trim the waney edge off the hide. Q Lay out the pieces by measuring from this edge. Cut the leather an inch oversize, so it will overhang a half-inch all around after glue-up.

Glue the leather with ordinary yellow glue. Work on only one surface at a time; don't try to glue around a corner in a single step. Spread glue on the wood with a small paint roller, but don't put any glue on the leather. 0 Spread the leather on the hardboard panel, plant the glue-coated wood on it, then flip the whole thing over. Q Smooth the leather with the palm of your hand. Remove any trapped bubbles of air by lifting the leather and smoothing it out again, but be careful not to stretch it. Then cover it with clean, hard-surfaced paper, and iron it at medium heat

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