Press veneering consists in compressing, under high pressure, a furniture board (usually chipboard or MDF) with natural veneer, modified or HPL laminate on a high quality hydraulic press with the use of water-based adhesives.
This method has an advantage over commonly used cold gluing using contact adhesives. The biggest advantages are the lack of hazardous substances such as xylene, toluene or cyclohexane; surface smoothness – the water-based adhesive easily spreads with a thin, even layer over the entire surface, without creating bubbles; temperature resistance – contact adhesives heated to 60°C begin to break down.
Very important when veneering self-supporting elements, in particular table tops and shelves is the use of a backpressure layer, i.e. a cladding on the opposite surface, with the same physical properties, so that the element will not bend.