I'm trying to glue two panels of wood together at a 90 degree angle (the project is to make a box). I have veneer w/ adhesive on the back that I can iron on.
My question is, what is the best order of operations for assembling and veneering?
- Should I apply veneer to each panel first and glue the panels on the veneered surface?
- Should I apply veneer to each panel first avoiding the gluing surfaces and then glue?
- Should I apply veneer to each panel first and use a router or other tool to remove veneer from the gluing surfaces and then glue?
- Glue it together and then apply the veneer and hope it fits perfectly?
I just used cheap 2X4s for the core. I have MDF but I wanted to see if I could make the 2X4s into a good sized panel for fun and as practice.
The veneer is red oak (search on amazon: "WOOD-ALL Red Oak Wood Veneer Sheet, ‘A’ Grade Plain Sliced/Flat Cut, 24” x 96” with a 10 Mil Paperback/PSA Peel and Stick – Easy Application for Any Restoration").
For equipment, I'm pretty well setup: mitre saw, small table saw, router (table, fixed base, plunge base, dovetail/boxjoint jig), planer, jointer, vice, clamps, etc. My jig-saw is out of service, though.
As for my skill level: I'm a beginner. I'm trying to tackle more and more advanced projects.
For this project, it's a box.
Well, specifically a baby changing table. The box has no top, and there is a divider in the middle. I'm also hoping to do box joints where the 4 sides meet. I attached a practice box joint that I cut with the veneer applied prior. It was my first attempt at a box joint.
The other picture is the roughly cut core material forming the overall shape. The pieces are planed to 1/2 inch; just not cut to length/width yet.
BTW, if the core material is a poor choice I'm ok with it to learn. But if I'm wasting fancy veneer let me know if it's a terrible choice and I can paint this one and use MDF and veneer next time.