Glue a veneer professionally

The range of veneers that can be purchased by end consumers, including home improvement, is growing steadily. Together with modern building materials such as MDF boards, many creative things can be built and veneered themselves. But veneering also involves gluing. This is where the biggest mistakes are made. Below we will show you how to glaze a veneer professionally and cleanly without the machines of a specialist company.

Construction of veneer workpieces

Before you start building a workpiece, such as a loudspeaker, you must know the structure of a veneered workpiece. This one is as follows:

  • decorative veneer
  • Material carrier (wood, pressboard, MDF etc.)
  • inner blind veneer

In the case of a pressboard also a barrier veneer between the visible decorative veneer and the pressboard has to be glued in between the pressboard.

It starts with the use of the optimal white glue

When it comes to veneering, do-it-yourselfers also use the products specially made for these tasks, including veneer glue. However, this is intended for use in veneer presses. Therefore, the exposure and curing time is very short.

As a home improvement, however, you must apply the glue manually, then prepare two press layers (for example, two old kitchen worktops). In between, the veneer is then pressed in. Now it has to be fixed with screw clamps and pressed in addition, many home improvement complain the plates even more.

Veneer glue is mostly unsuitable

The weighting must be as even as possible. You may already imagine that the workload is enormous. This inevitably leads to the conclusion that the veneer glue dries too quickly. Thus, the veneer is only insufficiently glued in many cases.

The use of water in gluing is a gross error

Many do-it-yourselfers also wet the veneer so that it gets smooth when pressed. Under "smooth veneer" you can read that this is also a fatal mistake. Veneer glue, as long as it has not hardened yet, is water-soluble. If the glue mixes with the water, it will not cure optimally and the veneer will become inferior. Always veneer and glue without water.

Also with the quantity of the applying glue many do-it-yourselfers are too economical

Instead, smooth a veneer during pressing quite differently. Again, a cardinal error is often committed. Many home improvement use the white glue in thin layers, because they are so used to paints and colors. That too is a common mistake. Instead, apply the veneer glue liberally and completely covering.

Smoothing in the edge area

Now the glue can move into the veneer and at the same time smooth it during pressing. After two to three hours you can remove the veneer from the press. Now you may have to smooth the edges a bit. You can do this with an iron that you press on a tree-care cloth over the veneered workpiece with pressure.

Light waves pull themselves out

You do not have to smooth light waves. The glue dries and then literally pulls the veneer to the substrate. The veneer then smoothes itself. The secret is the correct use of the optimal glue.

Tips & Tricks

In the house journal we also show you how to remove or restore a veneer.

Video Board: Easy Iron-On Veneer Application with Titebond Original Wood Glue