Chance has taught veneering at Palomar College for a number of years. He often cuts his own veneers using his 18 inch Laguna bandsaw. His veneers are usually about 1/16" thick. He uses a Laguna carbide tipped blade that is 1-1/8" wide. The blade is expensive, costing about $240, but he has not had to sharpen it yet. He stressed the importance of buying a blade with the minimum number of teeth per inch.
He uses a vacuum bag to clamp the veneer in place while the glue dries. He mentioned that you could get started with a vacuum bag and pump for about $300.
When it comes to glue, he stated that Unibond 800 was his favorite, but it does not have a very long shelf life when compared to Weldwood Plastic Resin Glue. Weldwood Plastic Resin Glue comes in powdered form and will last forever as long as it is kept dry. He also uses Titebond III. Cure time varies depending on the glue used, but the cure can be accelerated by heating the area. He has thrown an electric blanket over the veneer to speed up the cure.
When doing a bent lamination, he will use clamps, because they can apply greater force than the vacuum bag. The vacuum bag can apply no more the 14 PSI (atmospheric pressure). A clamp can apply much more force.
He mentioned that vacuum bags are available in vinyl or polyurethane. He uses vinyl, which is easy to repair.
Chance showed us his favorite retractable knife for cutting veneer into irregular shapes - the OLFA knife with break-off segments. When the blade gets dull, break of the segment to expose a sharp blade. Replacement blades can be purchased on Amazon, search for "BD-50P". He also showed us a special scraper that he uses to smooth a bandsawn surface.
He showed us one of the forms he uses to create a curved door. The form had grooves cut into it to facilitate airflow when used with a vacuum bag. He has used window screen with the vacuum bag to facilitate airflow.
Next he showed us the EDGETECH sanding disc for the tablesaw. He uses it to dial in the veneers to the exact width he wants. The Edgetech disc requires that you tilt the tablesaw at a 2 degree angle.
One of the things he said was critical to good veneer cutting on the bandsaw was to make sure the bandsaw table miter slot is parallel to the blade, and make sure the fence is parallel to the blade. Adjust the table in much the same way you adjust a tablesaw miter slot to be parallel to the blade.
Michael Fortune is the author of a good YouTube video on setting up a bandsaw.