A simple way to apply veneer to mdf

If you’re looking to give your MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) a new and improved look, you may want to consider veneering it. Veneering is the process of applying a thin layer of wood to a substrate to give it a new appearance. In this technique video, we’ll show you how to veneer MDF with just glue and an iron.

Step.1 Prepping the Piece

Before you start, you need to prepare your piece. Tape off the edges of the piece to prevent the glue from getting everywhere. This step is especially important if you’re working on a smaller piece. The tape also helps hold the veneer down when you’re applying glue.

Step.2 Applying the Glue

Once you’ve prepped your piece, it’s time to apply the glue. You can use regular tight-bond wood glue for this step. Spread the glue as evenly as possible on the substrate using a piece of scrap laminate or a spreader. Make sure to get the edges all the way.

Step.3 Ironing the Veneer

Next, turn on the iron and set it to the highest setting. Wait a few seconds for it to heat up. Then, remove the tape and place the veneer on the substrate. Extend the veneer over the edge of the substrate so that it can be trimmed later. Use a scraper to squeeze the veneer flat.

Then, iron the veneer. The heat from the iron will reactivate the glue and push everything flat. Once you’re done ironing, you should notice a nice woody smell.

Step.4 Trimming the Veneer

After the veneer has cooled, it’s time to trim it. Use a sanding block with 220 sandpaper to sand the veneer. Keep in mind that this is a quick demo video, so you may want to press the veneer more or let the iron heat up longer for a more polished finish.


Q: What kind of veneer can be applied to MDF?

A: You can apply a variety of veneers to MDF, including wood veneer, paper-backed veneer, and peel-and-stick veneer.

Q: Do I need special tools to apply veneer to MDF?

A: Yes, you will need some special tools, including a veneer saw, a veneer roller, and a veneer scraper. You will also need a heat source, such as a clothes iron or a heat gun.

Q: How do I prepare the MDF for the veneer application?

A: First, sand the surface of the MDF to create a smooth, even surface. Then, clean the surface with a damp cloth and let it dry completely.

Q: Do I need to apply adhesive to the MDF before applying the veneer?

A: Yes, you will need to apply adhesive to the surface of the MDF. You can use a variety of adhesives, including contact cement, PVA glue, or double-sided tape.

Q: How do I apply the veneer to the MDF?

A: Start by laying the veneer on the surface of the MDF, leaving a little bit of overhang on all sides. Then, use a veneer roller to press the veneer down and remove any air bubbles. Finally, trim the edges of the veneer using a veneer saw or a sharp knife.

Q: How do I finish the veneered MDF?

A: You can finish the veneered MDF with stain, paint, or varnish, depending on the look you want to achieve. Make sure to apply a sealer or topcoat to protect the veneer and the MDF.

Final Thoughts

Veneering is a great way to give your MDF a new look without having to replace it entirely. This technique is also useful when you want to avoid using contact cement, which can cause wrinkling and cracking over time. With just glue and an iron, you can achieve a beautiful and long-lasting veneer on your MDF.

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