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How to Apply Wood Veneer
Edited by Carolyn Barratt, SmarmySnodsnick, Avellana, Salma W.
Applying wood veneer was once rumored to be a
difficult task, reserved mainly for seasoned
professionals. These days, since tools and supplies
are readily available and many of the methods are so
simple, even a novice woodworker can easily master
the process. There are as many techniques for
application as there are varieties of veneer, but
contact cement is commonly regarded as the most
practical method. It is also among the most enduring
applications. Here are some guidelines to get you
started as your learn how to apply wood veneer.
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Cut the substrate (the material that the veneer is actually applied to) to the exact
finish size. This way, you can cut just the excess veneer with a razor knife and avoid
damaging the finished product by using a table saw.
Select the most appealing section of the veneer pattern, which will be visible in
the finished piece, keeping in mind that any excess will be trimmed.
One effective way to isolate your preferred section is to make a cardboard template.
This will need to be cut to the identical size of the substrate panel by laying the
substrate over the cardboard, marking the edges and then cutting the cardboard.
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Place your template over the desired section of veneer and cut out that portion,
leaving approximately one-half inch, or 1.27 centimeters, of excess on each side.
Center the selected pattern section over the substrate panel and apply the
contact cement, following the manufacturer's instructions, to both the veneer
and the substrate. Allow it to set.
Be sure to mix the adhesive thoroughly before applying it. This will maximize its
Use extreme caution when positioning the two elements for adherence. Since
contact cement is so slip-resistant, they must be perfectly aligned on the first try
Using maximum pressure, roll the veneer smooth by starting in the center and
working out toward the edges using a veneer roller.
Still using maximum pressure, smooth the surface with a smoothing blade to
verify that the veneer is completely adhered.
Turn your piece upside down and use a razor knife to trim the excess veneer,
using the edges of the substrate as your guide.
Run your hand over the area to be sure that the area is entirely smooth. If you do
encounter any bubbles, repeat the two previous steps.
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You can ensure a cleaner cut by scoring the surface first to determine the cut
Allow ample time for curing and drying before finishing the piece.
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One way to ensure the proper positioning is to cut a piece of waxed paper to the size of the
veneer, leaving some excess on one side and placing it between the substrate and the
veneer. This allows you to position both pieces to your satisfaction before sliding the waxed
paper out to initiate adherence.
If, after smoothing and rerolling the veneer, you are still encountering bubbles, you can
release any remaining trapped air by making small, subtle slits in the veneer. Make sure to go
in the direction of the grain.
Contact cement is a great application method because the cement is absolutely permanent.
The drawback of this is that you need to be perfectly accurate when aligning the veneer and
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