Veneer table - is that possible?

Veneers serve to give inferior wood a thin overlay of high quality wood. Especially when restoring table surfaces or entire tables, veneers seem to be a good solution. Whether you can veneer yourself, how it works and when it's possible, and what that costs, read in this post.

Veneer itself

Basically, veneering is a task that requires special machines. Larger pieces can therefore veneer a carpentry operation much better than that is possible. The costs are for material costs (around 5 - 10 EUR per m² for the veneer) and usually about one working hour.

You can even veneer simple and smaller pieces yourself. You will find instructions below.

Buy veneer

Veneer sheets can be bought in different thicknesses. The prices are for larger quantities in the range of 5 - 10 EUR per m², if you buy smaller quantities (single veneer sheets), you have to expect about 10 - 15 EUR per veneer sheet (lengths between 150 and 300 cm, widths usually around 30 - 40 cm).

Veneering the board yourself - step by step

  • veneers
  • masking tape
  • Sandpaper 120er and 320er Körnungen
  • ev. Clingfilm
  • Kraftkleber
  • sharpener
  • cutter
  • notched trowel
  • rolling pin

1. Prepare plate

Grind the plate roughly then finely. Thoroughly clean the plate of sanding dust and clean it again. The surface must be completely dust-free before veneering.

2. Apply glue

Apply adhesive with the toothed spatula and allow to air dry according to the manufacturer's instructions (usually around 15 minutes). Meanwhile, the veneer can be prepared.

3. Cut veneer and prepare

Cut the individual veneer sheets to the appropriate length with a little overhang. Then connect the webs very precisely to the joint (fix with a painter's crepe). Here must be worked very carefully, otherwise a gap remains visible.

4. Install veneer

Place the connected veneer strips and press very hard and evenly with the rolling pin. In doing so, apply the highest possible pressure. For a smoother result, you may wrap the rolling pin with plastic wrap. Repeat the pressing with the roller several times.

5. Finish

Allow the adhesive to dry and then cut off the supernatants and grind carefully. Edges can be theoretically veneered in the same way, but you use so-called lipping, which also exists in matching decor.

Tips & Tricks

Do not expect a hundred percent perfect result without a veneer press. With a little skill, the result looks reasonably passable. Think of other, much easier ways to transform a table

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