Originally Posted by lowpolyjoe
Wow, looks great!
I've found getting into veneering to be a pretty big deal - time and money-wise.
Can you share some details. Did you use the peel-and-stick? Cold press glue? Contact adhesive(seems to be a no-no). Hide glue?
Did you use clamps or a vacuum pump setup? Clamping can be a pain - especially when you don't have enough clamps to set it up right, but from your job title I assume you have a great set of woodworking tools
Just curious what route you went to get such a great result right off the bat
I did the iron on method using paperbacked veneer.
1. Roll on glue(I used titebond 2 for the test) but will use Better Bond Heat Lock for the subs.
Apply the glue to the veneer back and the surface of the box you are going to use first. Make sure not to get any glue on the face of the veneer. Tape down the veneer to avoid this.
2. Wait for them to dry... about 30 mins. No longer than 1 hour.
3. Align the veneer on the box and cover with a thin cotton sheet.(like one layer of a pillow case.)
4. With the iron set to cotton or med/high start ironing while applying downward pressure. It doesn't take long for the adheason. You can always go back and iron some more if you find a loose corner.
5. Trim.... I tried this with just a box cutter with decent results. The knife did tear out the edge just a little. So on the next side I used a router with excellent results.
6. lighty sand veneer and edges
Most of the 4x8 sheets of veneer that I am looking at range between $50- $200. Plus glue, roller, stain, and poly its really not that expensive.