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Old 06-06-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Veneering old cabinet doors

I'm retired and living off Soc. Sec. so money IS an object. I want to redo my kitchen cabinets but those kitchen cabinet refacing companies talk about putting veneer on the stiles, etc. and buying new cabinet doors. I can't afford new doors and would like to know it there is any way to attach veneer securely to my current doors which are flat panel doors or slab doors. They are covered with laminate which I would sand before gluing veneer on to them. I have not be able to find any instructions for veneering the whole surface of the doors. Also what kind of glue to use. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

P.S. I know that painting is an option, but I'd rather have the wood look. :-)
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If you are talking about a wood veneer, there are some available with a self stick adhesive that work well. Just make sure the wood is clean and dry, get all the old cooking oil, fingerprints, etc, off.

The usual adhesive, if you have to apply one, is contact cement. Apply to both surfaces, follow directions for the wait period. But once they make contact, that's it, they are stuck, no repositioning.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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And don't forget you'll have to deal with the edges. Most often that's done with a trim router. You might want to start by trying to apply veneer on something simple, like making a bookcase or shelving. Use less expensive materials for the veneer so you're not wasting too much if/when you have mistakes.
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