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What is the best method for gluing down wood veneer to solid wood? Size is 2'x3'. I have found in the past that I get bubbles even when pressed.
Old school technique was hot hide glue (Google it) with iron and squeegee tool called a "veneer hammer".
This was the preferred method especially for furniture and now particularly for antiques.
This is the only glue (I know) and method that will allow you to work and rework the veneer until you get it perfect.
Hide glue is considered "the only glue" for master furniture builders and restorers as well as music instrument makers.
I dont believe hide glue for a large surface. You would have to work really quick because it sets up. People who use it have it on a 140F hot plate cooking. I was thinking of using polyester resin. I have see titebond(water base) wrinkle veneer so I will stay away from that too.
For larger surfaces, hide glue is usually allowed to completely dry and then reactivated with a regular cloths iron. You simply "iron" it on and if you don't get it just right, you can iron it off and do it again.
Of course it's not as simple as it sounds but at at least you can work with it while you're learning.
This is what the table should look like. Mine is thrashed.
Jim has the right idea here, except for the letting it dry first part. 192 gram strength hide glue will do an outstanding job. You should veneer both the top and bottom to balance the stresses.