Monday 26, 2018 Wood

A Beginner's Guide to Veneer & Lacquer Sanding

Veneer and lacquer are two popular coverings that enhance the aesthetic of wood. To ensure a smooth, professional look and feel, wood pieces that are covered with veneer or lacquer must be sanded thoroughly. However, considering the thin and delicate nature of these materials, many woodworkers struggle to finish them evenly without sanding straight through to the core. Luckily, with the right equipment and techniques, you can make the process of sanding veneered and lacquered pieces easy and efficient.

At Timesavers, our number one priority is to maximize the speed and quality of your woodworking projects, enhancing your shop’s productivity and bottom line in the process. That’s why we produce a range of exceptional woodworking sanders, harnessing the finest materials and designs in the industry to create machines that meet and exceed your production requirements. We also take pride in offering any advice or counsel your team needs to expand its understanding and expertise with all forms of woodworking. So today, we’ll be walking you through the best ways to quickly and effectively sand veneered or lacquered wood.

A Rundown on Veneer Sanding

Veneer is a thin covering of fine wood that’s often applied to thicker wood pieces. Many woodworkers will apply decorative veneer to furniture pieces to give them a more refined, attractive look. As you might expect, veneered pieces are very delicate, necessitating careful sanding in order to prevent irreversible damage. When sanding veneered pieces by hand, patience is the name of the game. You’ll want to gradually increase the grit of your sandpaper as you sand until you achieve an ideal finish. For most veneers, we recommend starting with nothing coarser than 100 grit and slowly working your way up to 220 grit or finer depending on your application.

While sanding veneer by hand works well for small, thin pieces, it isn’t ideal for veneered pieces with a large surface area. Consequently, woodworking shops that work with large-scale veneered goods (such as furniture) should forgo hand sanding in favor of an industrial sander. There are multiple wide belt sanders, moulding sanders and rotary brush machines that are effective at finishing veneered wood. For optimal results with veneer sanding, Timesavers recommends a segmented polisher. For example, our 2300 Series polisher is a fully customizable machine that can be outfitted with a range of heads (including drum, combination, dual-action, cross-belt and chevron) to match your exact production needs. Moreover, our 2300 Series machine utilizes an electronic segmented polishing platen to conform flawlessly to the part surface, ensuring that veneered or lacquered surfaces aren’t sanded through. This solution is best suited for small to mid-sized cabinet, furniture and millwork plants.

A Rundown on Lacquer Sanding

Lacquer is a durable, fast-drying liquid that forms a hard, protective coating for wood pieces. Like veneered wood, lacquered pieces can be sanded by hand or via an industrial wood sander depending on their size and desired finish. In either case, you should wait until the last coat of lacquer dries completely. If sanding by hand, we recommend wetting the surface of the piece lightly and thoroughly sanding it with 320 to 400-grit sandpaper.

Fortunately, there are also several industrial machines that can be used to sand lacquered wood, including segmented polishers, rotary brushes, wide belt sanders and moulding sanders. For most small to mid-sized woodworking shops, we advise investing in compact, versatile machines that meet multiple production needs. Take our 2300 Series rotary brush, for instance. This condensed, operator-friendly sanding solution makes use of eight abrasive brushes to thoroughly and evenly finish both lacquered and veneered wood parts.

Note: Explore this page for additional details on our host of veneer and lacquer sanding solutions for industrial woodworking.

Contact Timesavers for Additional Support

Need more information on veneer and lacquer sanding to improve the quality and speed of your woodworking projects? Then don’t hesitate to call or message Timesavers today. Also, be sure to reach out to us if you would like to learn more about our top-quality industrial sanding machines and why woodworkers across the nation choose us when they need the best woodworking equipment available. As always, we’re here to provide all of the support you need to succeed.

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