First Veneer Project-Sideboard

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Project by tenontim posted 10-18-2008 07:46 PM 6978 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this piece, in the Arts and Crafts style, for our new house. This sideboard is my first project using veneer. The large side and back panels, and the door panels are veneer, glued onto mdf, using the titebond-iron on method. The veneer and the lumber used are quarter sawn white oak. I was very pleased with the results. I want to especially thank Lee Jesberger for his advise on the procedures to use to get this completed. His web site on veneering has a wealth of information. . My wife has plans for this sideboard, but it’s going to spend the next 2 months at the Texas Furniture Makers Show, and if no one buys it, then she can fill it up.

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#1 posted 10-18-2008 08:38 PM

Very nice Tim. I like the curved flow of the rails on the tops of the doors.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 10-18-2008 09:39 PM

This is a truly beautiful piece everything I like in woodworking is practically here the design, the oak, well done regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 10-18-2008 10:00 PM

Tim thats a beautiful sideboard.

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#4 posted 10-18-2008 10:16 PM

Tim, I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 10-18-2008 11:23 PM

Great looking sideboard, nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 10-18-2008 11:27 PM

That is darn right pretty. I really like it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-19-2008 01:14 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice compliments.

Barry, I’ve been wanting to use veneer, mainly for the ability to book match the panels. I have 14” panels in this piece, and even with qswo, they can move up to 1/4”. With the veneer, I don’t have to worry about any movement, which lets me glue the panels in the frame, thus making a more stable piece of furniture. I don’t believe the veneer makes a cheaper piece of furniture, and Lord knows, it’s not less work than milling up solid panels. It’s a time honored, quality furniture building procedure. I think this has opened a new door for me in my furniture building (after 30 years of staying away from it).

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#8 posted 10-19-2008 01:17 AM

Nice piece Tim. that will outlast you for sure.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 10-19-2008 02:05 AM

Nice looking piece. Better plan on making your wife another one, since your putting that one up for sale.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#10 posted 10-19-2008 02:50 AM

Here’s a chart for those that are interested in approximate wood movement, so you can figure it out.
10% is a worse case senario.

ALDER (RED) 0.0015 0.0026
ASH (WHITE) 0.0017 0.0027
ASPEN (QUAKING) 0.0012 0.0023
BASSWOOD 0.0023 0.0033
BEECH 0.19 0.0043
BIRCH (YELLOW) 0.0026 0.0034
BUTTERNUT 0.0012 0.0022
CHERRY (BLACK) 0.0013 0.0025
FIR (BALSAM) 0.0001 0.0024
MAHOGANY 0.0017 0.0024
MAPLE (RED) 0.0014 0.0029
MAPLE (SUGAR) 0.0017 0.0035
OAK (RED) 0.0016 0.0037
OAK (WHITE) 0.0018 0.0037
PINE (EAST WHITE) 0.0007 0.0021
PINE (LONGLEAF) 0.0018 0.0026
PINE (PONDEROSA) 0.0013 0.0022
POPLAR (YELLOW) 0.0016 0.0029
SWEETGUM 0.0018 0.0037
SYCAMORE 0.0017 0.003
TEAK 0.001 0.0019
WALNUT (BLACK) 0.0019 0.0027

Movement Value x Board Width x Worst Case M.C. Increase (10%)


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#11 posted 10-19-2008 04:42 AM

Hi Tim;

Fantastic project! Your workmanship is top shelf for sure, as is the design.

I was busy admiring the photos, and I was thinking what great looking lumber that was.

I was quite surprised to see it is veneer, and was really shocked to see my name and website. I’m so pleased to have been able to help.

I get almost as much satisfaction from helping out, as I do from making furniture. (something I haven’t had much time to do lately).

My website is undergoing a major remake, less commercialized and easier to navigate. With 350 pages, it’s a huge undertaking, and is very time consuming. I’m going page by page so it will be a while before the new site is completed, but it will be better than ever.

I never imagined it would grow to the size it has, so reorganizing it should make easier to navigate.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 10-19-2008 03:10 PM

Great job, Tim. A truly beautiful piece! How about some larger photos so we can enjoy it even more?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 10-19-2008 04:44 PM

That’s a beauty Tim!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 10-20-2008 12:36 AM

That looks fantastic! I’m not sure I’m seeing all the detail though, can you post another picture of the draw joinery, and of the door rails? A piece like that deserves great big pictures, and lots of them.

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#15 posted 10-20-2008 01:07 AM

Charlie and Robb, the piece is already wrapped up and headed for the furniture show, so the best I can do is put a larger picture. Thanks for the compliments.

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