After Problems Occur With Contact Cement Veneer Installation

After Problems Occur With Contact Cement

So you've installed the wood veneer on to your project and now problems have occurred - cracking, bubbling, etc. Some woodworkers get fed up and conclude that they won't work with veneer ever again. But please, read this article before jumping to conclusions.

One of the main reasons that problems occur when installing wood veneer is that the same techniques from installing plastic laminate are used. While they share some similarities, veneer and laminate have largely different installation methods. This is mainly due to the fact that plastic laminate does not move (because it is simply a piece of plastic) while wood veneer does move, due to changes in humidity and temperature as well as general settling of the natural wood material.

Contact cement can also move after installation, which can doubly lead to problems if the proper steps are not taken. First, be sure to purchase your wood veneer from a specialist who can guide you through all necessary steps to make sure that no problems occur. Also, be sure to NOT use 10 mil paperback veneer with contact cement. Instead choose the much more stable backers, including 22 mil paperback, phenolic back, or wood-on-wood back.