Wood veneers are a great choice for virtually any woodworking project. They provide a more polished, professional look than solid wood, while being much less expensive. Many woodworkers refer to veneers as “fake wood.” In my experience they are very durable and look great! Veneers are applied to a wooden or composite veneer sheet, which is then laminated over a sturdy backing. This provides the smooth, even, natural look of wood veneer.
Wood Veneer Sheets Comes In
Wood veneers have been featured in numerous magazines and woodwork books since 1974! They are used in the best museums, executive suites, libraries and on construction projects around the world. Wood veneers are now being used for a variety of home improvement projects. You can use wood veneers on new construction, remodeling, renovation, home repairs, upgrade, construction of decking, fencing and more!
Thin sheets of real wood veneer sheets are available at most hardware, home improvement stores and through online websites. All you need to do is measure the space where you plan to place the veneers. Veneers come in different sizes to accommodate different projects. They are also available in a variety of colors. Whether you need dark wood veneers to match your current furniture or bright, exotic wood veneers to contrast with your current decor, you can find just what you need.
The thickness of the veneers you order will depend upon the size and style of furniture you have. Generally, the thicker the sheets the higher the price. Obviously, the thicker you get the higher the quality and the longer it will last. If you are on a strict budget, you might even be able to find discount wood veneer sheets that are thin enough to use in decorative pieces such as picture frames.
Contain No Pesticides Or Insecticides
If you want to have a custom, unique look for your new project, there are plenty of companies that offer to send you sample wood veneer sheets. One company called Saugatuck Wood Veneer Supplies offers to send you two sample sheets for free. They also guarantee that the samples you receive will be completely uninstalled. This company has been in business since 1970.
If you are concerned about the environment and would like to reduce your carbon footprint, then you should use wood veneer sheets. The sheets are made from reclaimed wood and contain no pesticides or insecticides. They are a great way to protect the environment while protecting your wood floors or furniture. When you use wood veneer sheets instead of real wood, you can greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs as well.
One thing to keep in mind is that wood veneer sheets are available in two different thicknesses. First, there are the standard thicknesses that are sanded and stained. These are slightly thinner than the dyed veneers. The second type of wood veneer sheet is the custom sized sheets. They are much thinner than standard sheets and can be used as is or stained to customize your project.
Help With Curved Surfaces
Another benefit to using wood veneer sheets is that they can help with curved surfaces. For example, if you have an antique desk that has a high tabletop but curves around the bottom edge, then you can paint the tabletop with an acid based stain so that it will seal the wood and prevent it from drying out. Then, you can use the flat wood veneer sheets that are slightly thicker to fill in any voids or spaces. It will also make it easier to add Brad nails or wood glue to straighten out any curved surfaces as well.
This method works great for small areas of your furniture or office furniture, where you do not want to cover up the piece but do not want it to look like it is chip board either. Veneers work well because the paper backing will totally hide any flaws, scratches, or dents that are on real wood. You will still be able to tell that it is made from real wood.
One thing to take note of when applying these sheets is to make sure you smooth the flat surface of the veneer sheet before applying it to your surface. If you apply it to a rough surface, you will mar the finish instead of sealing it. Apply the paper backed veneer to your wood surfaces in small batches. You want to make sure all of the flat surfaces are smooth before painting them. You may need to experiment with the amount you apply, depending on the flat surfaces.
One of the best ways to apply the veneer sheet is to use two coats of clear wood stain. The first coat is very clear and will help give you a better idea as to how much you will need to put on each flat surface. Next, lay down the veneer sheet, face down, on the desired surface. Use a razor blade to cut along the grain of the wood. Do not try to simply run the blade across the grain, because this can damage the veneer. When you get to the grain, press the flat surface of the sheet against it to seal the grain.