Over the years, I’ve tried
about every method for jointing the edges of veneers. Ultimately, I’ve found
that the best way is also the simplest. Here’s how it works.
Begin by laying out your veneer sheets in a way
that suits your project. Then stack together similarly sized sheets, taping
these packets together at their ends. Next, lay a long, thick board across your
jointer tables, bringing the jointer fence up against the board to ensure that
the two are parallel. Then clamp the board to the tables.
Sandwich a veneer packet between the board and the fence, adjusting the fence to allow the packet to slide easily but with just a bit of friction. This creates a chute that compresses and stabilizes the stacked veneers to allow easy, accurate jointing of their edges. After jointing the first packet, readjust the fence if necessary to suit the thickness of the next packet, and continue in the same manner.
—Thomas Starbuck Stockton, Montgomery Creek, California