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Veneer Questions Answered

Veneering over Formica

Question:I have a Formica covered cabinet. I want to cover the cabinet with a wood veneer. Can I just sand the Formica and apply contact cement or should I strip the Formica from the cabinet before applying the veneer?Answer:Actually if the laminate is in good shape and there are no adhesion issues this is a [...]

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Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

Question:Which thickness and grade of veneer is best to resurface my kitchen cabinets? I would like to use a maple veneer flat cut with a spice stain for finishing.Also what is the best method of bonding since I don’t have a vaccum press.Answer:Many people like using a self-stick veneer (3M PSA – pressure-sensitive adhesive). [...]

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Veneering onto glass possible?

Question:I am planning on face-mounting a sheet of veneer to glass or plexiglass. I know it’s bizarre, but it has a use in a piece I am working on. I’m aware that the adhesive or cement will be visible, and to an extent that depends on what the compound is.Does anyone have tips for these?Glass [...]

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Veneer Thick Enough for Making Bass Guitars?

Question:I don’t know if you have a product that will work for what I would like to do. I make bass guitars and need a product that I can use to cover the back of my basses.I need a product about 1/8″ – 3/16″ in thickness that I can laminate on the back of the [...]

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Veneering a Boat Cabin

Question:I am looking to line the interior of a boat cabin with wood veneer. I am looking for advice on the best type of veneer to use. It will be laid over rough fiberglass and needs to be flexible to bend around corners. What are my options for types of veneers? Is contact cement the [...]

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Veneering over Acrylic

Question:Has anyone used a veneer on acrylic panels? I wonder if I need to do more than scuff the acrylic to make a good bond. Plus, would I need a special contact cement? Thanks for any input.Answer:Yes you can veneer over acrylic. You may have to use a water based contact cement because a solvent [...]

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Complex Inlay with Epoxy, Lasers, & Vacuum

Question:Hello, I’m interested in attempting a very complex inlay project. Back in high school I did two small inlay projects with about 6 pieces each using a solid veneer and contact adhesive. This part however has about 90 pieces. They fit together to form the inside of a 48 in diameter table top. I've read [...]

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Can you apply veneer to plywood panels?

Question:How difficult is it to veneer 4′by10′ plywood panels for use in paneling walls?If possible, what would be the best technique, type of veneer, thickness of plywood, adhesive, and tools to use to get good results?Answer:Let me just cover some of the basic knowledge of veneering. The best methods for applying veneer require some type [...]

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How Do I Splice Wood Veneer for My Project?

Question:I have a panel 14 by 24 inches to apply veneer to and two pieces of veneer neither of which are big enough to use individually but together they are ample. How do I splice them so that they provide a seamless appearance?Answer:Hi Roger,The simplest way to do this is to lay the two veneer [...]

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How to Veneer Metal Doors

Question:I have a client asking if I can apply a wood veneer on metal doors. The doors are aluminum with a powder coated finish. They need to pre-finish the doors as the edges and opposite face is exposed. I assume I would have to scuff up the powder coating to get good adhesion but I [...]

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