TUTORIAL / GLUING VENEERS

ON A SUBSTRATE

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After preparing your veneer sheets (see splicing tutorial), you will then need to glue them on a substrate (plywood, MDF or even solid wood).

To do so, here is a tutorial that will give you some simple tricks.

There are of course other gluing methods. The one below seems to us to be the simplest and easiest to achieve.

Necessary items :

  • Standard wood glue, PVA-type that you can buy in supermarkets. For this tutorial, we chose a quick-drying glue but it can also be done with a glue that takes the usual, common time to dry.

  • A paintbrush or a foam roller (the small roller generally used to paint behind heaters).

  • An iron.

  • A cotton dishtowel or tissue paper (generally used to wrap shoes – check your shoe boxes !)

  • A box cutter.

 

1/ Paste the wood glue on the veneer sheets and substrate.

                

2/ Spread the glue evenly on the whole surface with the paintbrush or foam roller. Don’t forget to also spread the glue on the edges (the foam roller should give a better result with a more even layer of glue).

         

3/ Let it dry.

4/ Once the glue is dry, put the sheet on the substrate.

                

5/ Put pressure on the sheet and substrate using your hand, and avoid bubbles that may occur. If, as in our splicing tutorial, you used adhesive to hold your two sheets together, now is the time to take them off. Indeed, this type of adhesive is made of plastic, which will not react well to ironing.


6/ Cover the veneers with the cotton dishtowel. On the iron, select “cotton” and make sure to turn off the steam setting. Then run the iron on the whole surface to heat up the glue. Take your time. Don’t hesitate to apply pressure with the iron, especially on the edges and spliced area if there is one.

         

7/ Once the glue has cooled, the veneer is glued on its substrate. Cut and remove the veneer excess with the cutter.

              

In order to prevent the substrate from changing shape, and in addition to the face, also glue veneers on the back face. Indeed, when it dries, wood contracts and changes the shape of the substrate. If both faces have veneers glued on them, the panel will be balanced and remain stable. It is usually best to use the same species on both sides.

HAVE FUN !