Originally Posted by jcmccorm
Thanks smcmillan2, I certainly don't mind if you post methods and tips. I want to learn. And, this is the DIY forum
If anyone objects, I'll PM.
Originally Posted by tk123
What he said. Teach us how man.
Okey dokey! The quick rundown (applies to both veneer and laminate):
* Fill any large nail/staple holes, let dry, sand smooth (I like my belt sander for this, but random orbital does the job too).
* Cut material about 1" over the size of the piece you are covering, for about 1/2" overhang all around.
* Apply contact adhesive to veneer and the piece you are covering, making sure the edges get a good coating.
* Let stand until adhesive is no longer tacky to the touch of your finger (but not completely dry, ~10 minutes)
* Align one edge of the veneer with the edge of the cabinet - Just the edge. Once the adhesive has a hold it will be near impossible to move without destroying it. For first-timers and large pieces you can place dowel rods across the piece to be covered, close enough to each other so that any material sagging won't contact the cabinet. Lay the veneer over the rods, tack one edge (remember to allow for the overhang) then work the dowels out from there, smoothing by hand as you go. Careful not to press too hard around any holes (eg. the driver hole).
* Trim. I use laminate trimmers such as https://www.amazon.com/Makita-3709-4.../dp/B001JEOW7S
with different bits - First for flush (https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-Solid...im-Bit/1084639
), then on those edges against another veneered surface with a bevel (https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-Solid...im-Bit/1082823
). I use lightweight painter's tape on the edge when running the trim bits over a veneered surface to protect it.
* Rolling - I use a J roller (https://www.amazon.com/POWERTEC-7101...Q052F7RDS1T52D
) for both laminate and veneer. Don't have to get too crazy with the pressure, just make sure you go over all the surface to get the adhesive stuck everywhere. Be sure to get the edges.
* Sand the edges of the uncovered part of the cabinet down to get the veneer flush/smooth on the next piece to be covered
* Same steps as above re: apply adhesive, apply veneer, trim to the other parts, roll
* Sand, stain, finish as you would a solid piece of wood.
For this build I veneered both sides first (at the same time), sanded the front, applied veneer to the front, then sanded the back and top so everything was smooth. Then I orbital sanded the veneered parts to get the edges smooth, then over the edges with a file to knock the sharpness off of them.
This video covers the basics pretty well. Jump to about the 4:10 mark (he doesn't appear to use the bevel bit or a file, but that's personal preference):
(So much for quick, I think this was longer than my original post!