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Applying wood veneer on top of Formica
I wish to apply veneer to a table top that is currently covered with Formica. The veneer is cherry. The table top is 3' in diameter and has an MDF base. The veneer was given to me, left over from a large project. The table has been around for years and cost me nothing. So I have no investment in this project. This will be my first attempt to apply veneer, so I am looking at this as a learning experience.
I plan to add 3/4" pine to the perimeter of the underside of the table top so as to give the appearance of thickness. I will recut the perimeter with my router and a jig, smoothing the added wood on the underside, reducing the diameter of the top just enough to get rid of the dings on the edges of the table top. This will remove all the Formica currently on the edge of the table top.
My plan is to use a coarse grit of sandpaper to rough up the Formica, to give a good surface for the adhesive bonding. My question is: What kind of adhesive should I use to bond wood veneer directly to Formica?
I don't think I should use epoxy, as I think the squeeze-out will result in areas that will appear different when finished. Should I use Gorilla Glue, yellow or white glue, or what? I do not have vacuum bag equipment.
I will appreciate any advice that may be given. I can be reached at email@example.com.