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How to Apply Wood Veneer:

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Several methods apply when applying wood veneer. The optimal method depends on what material is being veneered, what shape it is, and what species of wood is being used for veneer. Popular types of wood veneer include birch, cheery, oak, and maple, and higher-end woods typically used are rare woods such as ebony, teak, and mahogany.

zebrawood veneered furniture

You can apply wood veneers over many kinds of material, like fiberglass, plastic, metal, glass, wood, drywall, particle board, or of course, solid wood. Wood veneer can be a creative solution to a decorating problem.

Making furniture from solid exotic wood would likely be too costly. You can build the same furniture constructed from a more common solid wood, then veneer it with a rare exotic wood, so that it is more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Veneer covered boards won't warp, twist or split like solid timber. You can apply veneer to curved surfaces, allowing for more variety of designs than is possible with solid wood.

Wood veneers are fairly simple to apply, however they do require some knowledge and skills, as well as the right tools for the job. We at Oakwood Veneer Company offer two kinds of veneer which are applied in a different, but similar manner.

Oakwood Veneer Company offers real wood veneer in 10 Mil Paperbacked and 22.2 Mil Bubble Free varieties.

The tools and materials needed include contact cement, a liquid glue that comes in cans from a hardware store. Lacquer thinner (the solvent needed to clean up the excess glue) A brush, which should be a disposable kind for a small project or a roller for larger areas.

Use a hand-sized block of wood sanded smooth on all edges and not a "J-roller". razor knife, sandpaper, You'll need a rag to use with the thinner to wipe off excess glue. Work table, do it in a fresh air working area. It is important since the glue and thinner both produce fumes which are dangerous. (read the warning labels).

Application is really a simple procedure. Measure and cut the veneer so that it is larger than the site it will be when it is finished, then put the glue on both surfaces. After applying the veneer to the surface to which you want to apply it, trim the veneer, sand it down, and finish it with your choice of finishing material.

The possibilities are endless when working with wood veneer, and you'll find over 200 varieties of wood to work with on Oakwood Veneer Company's website. Order online or call us at 0-800-012-4201 to place your order with us.

Helpful Application Hints

Veneer Acclimation

Spray Adhesive Coverage Chart

Special Installation Reminders

Contact Cement Troubleshooting

Pressure Sensitive Veneer Application
Our one page document describes the best methods we've found for this veneer:

PSA Veneer Application Guide

Iron On Veneer / PVA Glue Method
10 mil and even raw veneer can be applied with white or yellow PVA glue and a standard household iron. Here's how to do it.

Iron On Veneer / PVA Glue Method

How is Veneer Made and Matched?
Many visitors wonder how veneers are created so we have included information for you. If you have other questions, contact us and we will cheerfully answer them.

How Veneer is Cut

Veneer Matching Techniques

Glossary of Veneer Terms

If there's a term you don't understand, here's the place to look it up:

Glossary of Veneer Terms

Learn how wood veneer is made

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Have questions? Information about our company and basic veneering techniques are in our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

We have a wealth of experience to share with you. Don't hestitate to contact us by phone, letter or email with your veneer and veneering questions. For technical answers, email tech@oakwoodveneer.co.uk.

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Information on some of our other veneers:
Alder VeneerBeech VeneerBirch (Red) VeneerBirch (White) VeneerBubinga VeneerButternut VeneerCherry VeneerCypress VeneerDouglas Fir VeneerCarpathian Elm BurrHickory VeneerJatoba VeneerLacewood VeneerMadrone VeneerMakore VeneerMaple VeneerPadauk VeneerPearwood VeneerPurpleheart VeneerRed Oak VeneerSapeli VeneerSycamore VeneerTeak VeneerWalnut VeneerWenge VeneerWhite Oak VeneerZebrano Veneer

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