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How to Veneer Molding

Veneering on a curved surface can be a difficult process without the right tool. Here's an easy method for using a vacuum pressing system to apply veneer to crown molding.

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apply veneer to crown molding
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Score the Veneer

To help the veneer conform to the curves in the molding, use a utility knife to score a horizontal line through the veneer about 1" away from one edge. Do not cut all the way through the veneer.

use utility knife to score line through veneer

Step 2: Apply Tape and Glue

Apply a piece of veneer tape to the back of the veneer on the scored line, creating a hinge on the veneer.

Use a foam roller to apply water-based glue to the back of the veneer.

apply veneer tape to back of veneer

Step 3: Attach the Veneer

Apply the veneer to the molding, with the hinge on top of the curve in the molding. If necessary, use a small strip of wood to press the hinge into the curve.

Rub the top of the veneer with a damp sponge to press out any air bubbles.

apply veneer to molding

Step 4: Use the VacuPress to Secure the Veneer

Place the molding on top of a scrap piece of particleboard inside the VacuPress's polyurethane bag (Image 1). Close the bag.

Turn on the VacuPress. The machine will suck all of the air out of the bag and eventually suck the veneer into place on the molding (Image 2).

Turn off the machine, and allow the molding to sit inside the bag for 15 minutes.