How to apply iron-on wood veneer

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Veneer finishing on furniture allows for a smooth, continuous wood grain pattern to be featured over a wide surface area. Veneers come in a variety of styles, colours and even inlaid designs. You can update old furniture or finish new furniture with veneer to add a decorative finish with a durable veneer material. To begin using iron-on veneer, you should learn the process of applying it correctly to avoid mistakes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Veneer
  • Bed sheet or dust sheet
  • Iron
  • Veneer saw
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Polyurethane

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  1. 1

    Lay the sheet of veneer directly over the surface you are working on.

  2. 2

    Lay an old bed sheet or dust sheet over the veneer on the surface to protect the veneer from direct contact with your iron.

  3. 3

    Turn on your iron and set it to high heat.

  4. 4

    Smooth over the entire area with your iron, pushing down with a moderate amount of pressure.

  5. 5

    Remove the dust sheet or bed sheet and check the area for any weaknesses in the bond. If there are weaknesses, place the sheet or cloth back over the veneer and iron that area again. Allow the veneer to cool for 2 hours.

  6. 6

    Use a veneer saw to trim the excess veneer from the edges.

  7. 7

    Wear a painter's mask to protect your lungs from sanding dust and finish.

  8. 8

    Sand the veneer to prepare it for finishing. To do this, use a medium grit sandpaper to rough the surface and a fine grit sandpaper to even it out.

  9. 9

    Apply polyurethane to the entire surface with a sponge brush to finish it, and allow it to dry for a few hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear a painter's mask to protect your lungs when using harsh chemicals or sanding any material.

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