We Value Your Privacy

We and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at anytime by returning to this site.

Update Consent
Loading ...

How to Glue Veneer on Plywood

Veneer, a very thin cut of quality wood, glued to plywood can help make a nice looking finished piece for a low cost. Plywood, which is actually constructed of thin sheets (plies) glued together, is available in various grades and woods at a lower cost than a solid sheet of wood like cherry, maple or ash. Using the plywood as a core panel and a high grade veneer as a top surface can help you create a quality, long lasting wood working project.

Loading ...
  1. Apply a moisture retardant and penetration barrier to the plywood to smooth the finish and allow the veneer adhere properly. Pour the resin emulsion veneer sizing agent in a small paint tray and roll an even, light coat on the plywood with a paint roller. Coat the entire sheet of plywood including the end grain edges.

  2. Let the sizing dry on the plywood for 24 hours.

  3. Cover the plywood with Kraft paper and press the entire surface with steady pressure, using a press roller, to smooth the resin and remove any air.

  4. Remove the Kraft paper and apply a thin, consistent coat of fast setting polyvinyl acetate (PVA) medium-viscosity wood adhesive on the plywood with a small roller.

  5. Line up and set the veneer on the plywood.

  6. Place Kraft paper on the veneer and press the air out by applying steady pressure with a roller press from the centre to the edges.

  7. Add an equal sized piece of dry plywood to the top of the Kraft paper to weight the veneer and seal the air out.

  8. Clamp the plywood, veneer, Kraft paper and weight plywood assembly every 4 or 5 inches, with wood clamps placed around the edges, from the centre out, to force any remaining air and excess glue out as the glue dries.

  9. Wait 48 hours before removing the clamps, weight and paper.

  10. Tip

    Edging veneers can be applied with contact cement to avoid weighting. Pressure sensitive veneers do not require the application of adhesive.

Loading ...

Things You'll Need

  • Resin emulsion veneer sizing agent
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller
  • Plywood
  • Kraft paper
  • Press roller
  • Fast setting PVA wood adhesive
  • Wood clamps

About the Author

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.

Loading ...