VENEER - repairing bubbles

Here's the third article of the much anticipated VENEER series.
The first article explained how to deal with edge gluing loose veneer
The second article detailed filling in missing areas of veneer on painted furniture.

This time I will show you how to get bubbled surface veneer glued back down.

For these repairs you will need 3 items,
your wood glue, a shape utility knife, and a heavy weight.

In most cases you can see where the veneer has bubbled/lifted but
running your hand over the surface will also help find areas you don't see.

You have to get the glue underneath your veneer somehow.
The next step is the scarey one.

Use your uility knife to cut a slice into the bubble.
Use a sharp knife, and cut in the direction the grain runs.

Apply your glue getting into the cut and under the bubble.

You can squish it underneath the veneer with your finger,
you can use air to blow it under the edges,
do what ever you can think of just be delicate with the edges of the cut veneer.

Wipe up any excess glue with a damp cloth.

Now weigh your repair down.
Below you can see I used a cast iron urn (heavy) on a flat board,
I even used a small bit of folded sandpaper right over the glued spot as a pressure point.


Wax paper won't stick to glue.
It is a good buffering material to use
between your repair and any clamps or weights you use.

Here is a quick look at some of the new hardware available in the Etsy Shop .

There are 1000's of pieces of up-cycled hardware to choose from at 
firstfinds hardware store


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  1. Hi Kristy,

    I love this series you are doing. I've shared my tips on my blog for repairing veneer, too. One of the things I like to do is buy a hypodermic needle from the Tractor Supply store and fill it with wood glue. Then you can insert the needle into the bubble and fill the area with glue. It works especially well for areas that have a big bubble.

    I look forward to seeing the rest of your tips. You have some fabulous projects!

  2. Yes, this veneer tip had me going wow. And the wax paper one too.


  3. This is so timely. I just painted something, and it bubbled after!!! Excuse me, I have to go fix this now so I can bring it to the shop in the a.m.!

  4. I've just picked up a few pieces with terribly bubbled veneer.
    I know I need to get up under it, and I also use a tiny, pointy squirty thing to get the glue under the wood. Sometimes I just shove it under with a putty knife. I did learn recently if I wet the wood again, put the glue under it and weight it, it doesn't crack more and lays flatter.
    Excellent tutorial.