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Which Adhesive Is Best for Veneering?

Wood veneers have been a staple in furniture making and millwork for over 200 years, utilized to create high-quality furniture and flooring. A veneer is a paper-thin slice of wood that is applied to a core of either MDF or another substrate to ensure a strong base. The initial use of veneers stemmed from the instability of solid wood, which expands and contracts with temperature changes. While certain types of furniture, like dining tables, can be made from solid timbers, cabinetry such as kitchen cupboards and drawer units are best crafted with veneered substrates to ensure minimal structural movement.

Choosing the right adhesive to bond your veneer to the substrate is crucial. There are two typical options for veneering: water-based PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate) and urea-formaldehyde (UF) resin. Each adhesive offers different benefits depending on the project requirements.

PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate)

PVA is a single-part adhesive that is easy to use and provides excellent initial bond strength. However, as a water-based adhesive, it can cause the veneer to warp unless the thickness of the veneer is strong enough to resist until the adhesive sets. This issue can be mitigated with a careful clamping or pressing process. Once cured, PVA creates a flexible glue line joint, making it suitable for applications where some movement is acceptable.

UF Resin (Urea-Formaldehyde)

UF resin is a two-part liquid resin mix known for its high bond strength and rigid glue line. This adhesive offers superior strength and chemical resistance, preventing creep over time, unlike PVA. As a thermosetting, non-reversible adhesive, UF resin provides excellent heat resistance. Simply put, the UF resin glue line will not soften at any temperature, making it ideal for applications requiring a durable, long-lasting bond.

As experts in our field we would always advise a UF resin when creating veneered boards and panels as the bond strength is ensured and the solid glue line offers a long-lasting bond.

Buying Adhesives from Redwood 

When it comes to purchasing adhesives for your veneering projects, look no further than Redwood. Our extensive range of high-quality adhesives, including both PVA and UF resin, ensures you find the perfect product for your needs.

At Redwood we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. Our knowledgeable staff are always available to help you choose the right adhesive and provide expert advice on application techniques. We understand the importance of a reliable bond in your projects, and our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction ensures you receive the best products and support.

Choose Redwood for all your adhesive needs and experience the difference in quality and service. Contact us on or give us a call on 02392233310.