Monthly Book Giveaway - March 2023

Techniques & Tricks #1: Homemade veneer softener


This is part 1 in a 2 part series: Techniques & Tricks

  1. Homemade veneer softener
  2. Punched metal decoration

I needed some veneer softener, so I went looking on the Internet and I found this recipe at Highland Woodworking. Perfect, but my local pharmacy doesn’t stock glycerine, and I didn’t want to waste my morning running to town. I came up with the following, and it seems to work pretty well.

  • 95 ml warm water
  • 100 ml denatured alcohol
  • 5 ml Astroglide gel (it’s about 40% glycerine, 58% water, and other stuff)
  • 5 ml protein-based glue (hide glue, fish glue, etc)

Seems to work pretty well.
astroglide not just for sex LOL 👍


I love this type of info Dave.

I made my own softener that used Propylene Glycol as the residual. Used for keytosis in cattle, I was able to score a gallon from the local farm supply for dirt cheap.
It makes more than just people slippery, Tony.

Glad to help, Splint! I knew there was some organic chemical in there, but until I went looking, I wasn’t sure what I needed. But the pharmacy opens at 9, and the hardware store doesn’t open until 10, so that chose my approach.
If it works, problem solved. Nice one ...