Introduction to Veneer

Chance Coalter
August 7-11


This is a thorough introduction to the use of veneer in furniture making. Participants work with commercially sawn veneer to create beautiful tabletops (or panels) that have four-way and radial matches. Chance shares machine and hand-tool methods for working with veneer, and introduces jigs that are helpful in each application. Among the many topics Chance covers through lecture and demonstration are: how veneer is made commercially and how to saw it yourself; flattening veneer; selecting substrates and adhesives; laying out patterns; cutting veneer with razors, scalpels, veneer saws, and power tools; gluing with clamps and a vacuum press; edging with solid wood and veneer; and preparing veneered surfaces for finishing. He will also touch upon more advanced topics such as inlay, parquetry, and waterfall edges.

Chance Coalter is a furniture designer and craftsman in San Diego, CA, and adjunct professor in the woodworking program at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. He earned a B.A. in Applied Design from San Diego State University in 2013 and was subsequently awarded a Studio Fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Among other honors, he has received a 2015 Niche Award and, in the same year, a first-place award at the 34th annual Design in Wood competition in San Diego. To see more of Chance’s furniture, please visit



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Tuition: $770

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Coalter table prisco3x2Detail of Prisco Table by Chance Coalter, walnut, European walnut burl veneer, and aluminum (18"x18"x36"), 2012