How can I reattach veneer that is coming loose?

by Virginia
I have a drop front desk that belonged to my Grandmother. The veneer on the front face of the drop leaf has pulled away at the edge. What is the best way to reattach? I don't want to remove the entire sheet of veneer.
  5 answers
  • Connie Grewing Connie Grewing on May 11, 2015
    I had this happen on a night stand from my mother. I pulled it away as far as I could without removing, applied a thin layer of wood glue as far as I could reach with an art paint brush and applied clamps. I removed any excess glue with a damp cloth before it dried. Good as new!!
  • Sherrie Sherrie on May 11, 2015
    You could re glue it or use a blow dryer and heat it up and see if you can reactivate the glue. You warm it up and press it back down. And hopefully it should stick. It does work most of the time.
  • Virginia Virginia on May 12, 2015
    What brand of glue is best?
    • Sherrie Sherrie on May 12, 2015
      I would first try to heat it up and see if the wood re-activates, I use Elmer's wood glue.
  • Pat Keadle Gougler Pat Keadle Gougler on May 12, 2015
    Be sure to clamp it or put heavy objects on top after you glue it. A stack of books will work.
  • Debbie Nickel Debbie Nickel on May 13, 2015
    I have replaced loose veneer if it is a very damaged piece with a sheet of very thin wood from Michaels. You can get large sheets. Glue on with wood glue and let it dry for a couple days before painting or staining.