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.

Step 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.

Step 2

Let the sizing dry on the plywood for 24 hours.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

Line up and set the veneer on the plywood.

Step 6

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

Step 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.

Step 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 center out, to force any remaining air and excess glue out as the glue dries.

Step 9

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

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


  • Maple Craft USA
  • Veneer Systems Inc.
Keywords: finish plywood with veneer, apply veneer to plywood, use veneers on plywood

About this 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.

Article provided by eHow Home & Garden | How to Glue Veneer on Plywood