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Tips for Using a Clothes Iron to Apply Veneer to Plywood Shelving
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Adding veneer to substrate Adding veneer to a project is a quick and easy way to add a bit of flair to projects and the application process is very simple.

Adding a stunning piece of veneer to a shelf or tabletop is a way to “take your woodworking to the next level.”

Applying glue to a piece of veneer Apply your glue to your veneer allowing it to dry before attaching it to both faces of the substrate to prevent the surface of the shelf from warping.

But some woodworkers hesitate, because they think it will require a bunch of special supplies and equipment to properly apply veneer. That may be true if you are talking about large complicated panels. But if you keep the pieces small, like in the table shelf example below, veneering can be as easy as using an iron. (Yup, a clothes iron.)

Using a clothing iron to apply veneer To finish the application process, run an iron over the surface of the veneer, this will activate the glue and attach it firmly to the shelving.

Start by preparing the substrate that you will apply the veneer to. In this case, the shelf is 1/2" plywood. If the edges of the substrate will be exposed after veneering, glue hardwood edging to match the veneer species (here, its mahogany). Then select appropriately sized veneer pieces (you must apply it to both faces of the substrate). Using a glue like the Titebond® product shown here, roll out a thin coating onto the veneer and the substrate. Allow it to dry completely. Then, with a standard household iron set to its hottest temperature ready to go, position the veneer on the substrate (glue face to glue face) and then just iron the veneer down. Be careful: once you start, there is no moving the veneer.

posted on August 1, 2008 by Woodworker's Journal
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