Make veneer yourself

Veneers are being offered more and more often not only for specialized companies, but also for hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers. Thus, the DIY or the application of veneers gains more and more importance. Afterwards we will show you how you can make a veneer yourself and what has to be considered.

Veneer is very thin real wood

A veneer is a thin sheet of real wood cut from the trunk, scraped or sawn. Today's commonly used veneers only have a thickness between 0.55 and 0.65 mm. The real problem for do-it-yourself DIY enthusiasts is that the veneer must be glued with even and high pressure. Carpenters and other veneer processing companies use special veneer presses for this purpose.

You have to "imitate" the veneering machines

Since these are not available to do-it-yourselfers or hobbyists, other ways must be found. For example, old kitchen worktops are suitable as "press", between which the workpiece to be veneered is laid out like a sandwich. Then the plates are weighted with weights (depending on the size of the stack of books to the sandbag) and preferably further compressed together with screw clamps.

Construction to make veneer itself

In addition, you must not forget that always has to be veneered on both sides, otherwise the carrier material can break. The structure in a self-built "press" would be as follows (from bottom to top):

  • old worktop
  • Veneer without optical added value
  • veneer carrier
  • surface veneer
  • old worktop
  • weighing down
  • clamps

Cut veneer

First you have to cut the veneer. Follow our guide and cut your veneer so first on measure. Then you need a suitable glue. Especially when gluing veneer, the biggest mistakes are made.

Gluing veneer - this is where the most common mistakes occur

Often you can hear some "advice" "... and then apply thin with Pattex". That's completely wrong. Also veneer glue is often recommended, although for the home improvement also not recommended. Veneer glue is designed for use in veneer presses, so for a quick deployment. The veneering of hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers, on the other hand, is clearly time-consuming.

Use a suitable glue for you

Therefore, you should use a conventional white glue. This is also not thin, but quite generously applied. This may thoroughly saturate the veneer during subsequent gluing. Also it will wave the veneer. Allow the glue in your self-made press enough time to harden (at least 2 to 3 hours, then cure completely overnight).

After veneering

For the most part, the waves should now have smoothed themselves with the drying of the glue itself. If the veneer on the edge areas is still not firm after two to three hours, you can use an iron to smooth the veneer. Then allow the glue to cure completely for at least 12 hours.

Tips & Tricks

Maybe you should first dare to do minor work around the veneer. The repair of veneer would be quite demanding here, but also feasible with simple means. You get a better feel for the material and later you can make veneer yourself.