HOW TO VENEER
Installing wood veneer follows much the same technique used for attaching plastic laminate sheets to countertops. The instructions shown for veneering the edges and
ends of the pedestal can be repeated for the platform and headboard.
Step 1 Measure the edges and ends of the pedestal and use a router with a flush-trim bit to cut pieces of maple veneer 1 inch bigger in both directions. Cut a 4-inch-wide strip of MDF or Trupan scrap, and tape or clamp it to the pedestal edge to be veneered to catch adhesive overspray.
Step 2 Coat the inside face of an edge piece of veneer and the pedestal edge to be veneered following the instructions on the spray adhesive (1). Wait until the adhesive achieves the correct tack. With a helper, center the veneer over the pedestal edge and gently lower it into place starting at the center and working toward the ends. Use a roller and firm pressure to bond the veneer (2).
Step 3 Install a flush-trim bit on a router with the bearing at least 1/4inch from the router collet. Cutting from left to right, trim away the excess veneer from all four sides (3). Press the cut edges firmly against the surface with the roller. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for the opposite edge and again for both ends.
Step 4 To veneer the face of the headboard, cut a veneer section about 1 inch longer and wider than the headboard front (N). Mask off the veneered edges and top of the headboard. Spray adhesive on the headboard front and on the back face of the veneer. Once the adhesive reaches the correct tack, lower the veneer onto the headboard front from the center to the outside edges. Use a roller to bond the veneer to the headboard and trim off the excess.
Step 5 The platform halves differ from the pedestal and headboard because you’ll apply mitered veneer strips to the platform tops (H). Begin by cutting veneer strips 16 inches wide and at least 2 inches longer than needed for the length and width of the platform halves.
Step 6 To cut miters on the ends of the strips, cut a 2-foot-wide strip of 3/4-inch plywood or MDF scrap long enough to support the veneer. Then cut a 45-degree miter on one end of the strip to create a cutting guide. To miter the veneer, align one veneer edge with the short edge of the guide and clamp it in place. Using a router with a flushtrimming bit, trim the end of the veneer along the mitered end of the guide (4).
Step 7 Mark a platform top (H) with a line 15 inches from the outside edge and on the end that will be opposite the headboard on the finished bed. Draw a miter line from the outside corner of the platform to where the edge line intersects the end line. Miter-cut two veneer strips to form an L shape and repeat for the other platform top.
Step 8 Adhere the long-edge veneer strip to the platform top with the inside edge even with the line on the platform top. Then glue the end veneer strip in place with the mitered edges touching (5). After the adhesive cures, trim the veneer flush with the edges of the platform top. Repeat for the veneer on the other platform top.