It's not uncommon to find bark patches and other voids in burl veneer. This tool allows the user to easily punch out the defect and replace it with a reciprocal patch. A tremendous amount of thought and experience led to the unique design and machining of this hard-to-find hand tool. Each cutterhead begins as a solid billet of A2 tool steel and undergoes a multipass machining process on a specialized CNC lathe. When the machining is complete, the cutting head is heat treated and hardened.
The simplicity of this heavy duty tool is what makes it a pleasure to have in the shop. First, use the tool to punch out the void or inclusion in the veneer. Then align the tool to the grain of the replacement veneer (preferably an off-cut from the same sheet) and punch out the patch. Set the patch into the punched hole in the good veneer sheet and apply a small piece of veneer tape to hold it in place while being pressed. Excellent for use with all burl species.
Caution: As you might expect, the edges of this tool are very sharp.
Not for use with veneers exceeding 1/42" thick. Learn more about dealing with veneer defects by clicking here. A spritz of Super Soft 2™ veneer softener is required before punching the veneer to protect the cutting edge.
The Problem with the Traditional Veneer Punch
If you are familiar with traditional veneer punches, you know they have a tendency to blow out and split the surrounding veneer. This can only be minimized by applying masking tape to the veneer face which holds the veneer tight as the pressure of the punch presses downward and outward. In its very essence, that style of tool is destined to create problems.
Our Improved Inside Bevel Design
With the help of a master tool maker and several fine woodworkers around the country, a new design was created with a simple change that makes a huge difference. Unlike traditional punches, this tool has the bevel on the inside. This practically eliminates any external splitting and with this revised design, the pressure of the bevel is inward toward to the patch piece. A veneer punch like this is simple, effective, and long overdue.
Each Sold Separately
Small - 5/8" Medium - 1" Large - 1 3/8"
(sizes shown are approximate)
Warning: This Tool Contains Sharp Edges
Safety should be your highest priority when working with this tool. It is your responsibility to make sure you use this tool in a safe manner and in accordance with all safety policies in the work area. Wear appropriate safety equipment including hand and eye protection while using this tool. Always store the tool inside the box. Use of this tool is at your own risk. JWW Services Inc. doing business as VeneerSupplies.com disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury or expense.
How many punches are included?
Each punch is sold separately.
Do you offer a discount kit containing all three sizes?
I've decided to makes these punches as affordable as possible for our customers regardless of how many sizes they need. At this price, if I offered a kit there would be no savings in the total price.
What size should I buy?
In my shop I use the 5/8" punch most often.
Is the profile of the cutter head the same as the previous version?
The profile has been revised and improved. After the last batch sold out, I sent an email to many of our customers who had purchased the punch. I asked for suggestions for improvements and with their comments, I made two changes. The profile consists of five "bumps". In the previous version, one of the bumps was a bit too large so the new version has been revised.
What is the other change you made?
I took the ornamental handle shape away and just used a hex profile on the handle. That allowed me to drop the price by more than $10.
Review by Bill Kluge
This is a very well made and useful tool that looks like it will last for years. The shipping was almost immediate and I am delighted with the transaction. I have been a customer for years and have always been pleased with both the service and the products.
Review by Douglas Pelchat
After some hesitation due to the price, I purchased this tool and only regret not buying it sooner. I operate a custom shop and the first job I used the tool for was on a veneered white ash burl top for a built-in (12 feet long x 2 feet wide). The lay-up of that much burl meant dealing with voids, bark inclusions and other flaws in the veneer. I patched at least 6-7 areas with the punch and, while I can find them because I know where they are, the customer was delighted with the finished product - all that matters!
The tool is simple to use and the irregular shape of the patches makes it very difficult to see the finished repair. The steel does require attention if stored in a humid environment - I coat with jojoba oil when not in use. Highly recommended.
Review by Randy C
I was a little leery about spending money on this, but after I received this tool. I gave it a try. It was easy to use and created a flawless patch in laurel burl veneer. When held up, the patch was invisible. I mean invisible. This tool is worth its weight in gold if you do a lot of veneering.
Review by Chuck Newcomb (Atlanta, GA)
At first, I was worried that this tool would arrive and I'd be disappointed. I bought a veneer punch from [another supplier] and it didnt work nearly as well as it should.
But this tool is outstanding! The machining is flawless and it just feels good in the hand. I've used it for a dozen veneered projects where the burl had some bark issues. Each punched piece came out perfectly.
I've bought a good number of things from this website and I've yet to have any problems. In this day of poor service and shoddy products, this company really stands out.
Review by William N.
This veneer punch tool is a lot like this website. It work perfectly and its designed for ordinary people. I've punched at least 120 patches since I first bought the tool 6 months ago and the edge is still as sharp as the day I bought it. To get a good clean cut you have to read to the directions that are included. Its very easy to get a perfect cut every time.
I dont remember the specifics of my order, but I know it arrived quickly and didnt cost a fortune to ship it. The customer service here by Joe is top notch too.
Review by Charlie Cole
I bought the full set of punches and have been very happy with the quality of this tool. The tool steel on the cutter head is machined flawlessly and the brass handle gives the tool a nice comfortable feel. I was surprised by the weight of the tool. It's actually heavier than it looks. Overall, I couldnt ask for more from this product. This is a great website too!