Veneer Panel Test

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Project by Ger21 posted 11-20-2009 04:28 AM 3210 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Small sample veneered panel made as a test piece for a future project(s). Quartersawn bubinga border and anigre center. One coat of shellac sealer and water based polyurethane. I got 200+ sq ft of the anigre for $35 on Ebay, so I may build quite a few things with this, including some new shop cabinets.

-- Gerry,

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 04:40 AM

That looks really nice! never heard of anigre? Had to look it, awesome score.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 05:12 AM

Sweet. That is really nice looking veneer. I had never heard of it either.
Do you use a vacuum press? MDF core?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 05:28 AM

Home built vacuum system from It’s glued up on 1/2” MDF.

Anigre’s actually pretty common. You see it a lot in higher end department store fixtures. Most often it has a curly figure, and looks like curly maple, but with a warmer golden color. In person it has a lot of depth and a nice shimmering effect.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 06:37 AM

Gerry that’s one nice looking panel. I bought some anigre veneer from ebay a few years back for about the same price. I’ll never run out of it that’s for sure. I guess maybe I should make something out of it ;-)

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 11-20-2009 06:39 AM

Beautiful veneer. I’ve got some of that stuff also, but have never used it. I’ve quit buying veneer on ebay until I use up a bunch of what I’ve got.

You got a great buy.

I’ve also got a bunch of the quartered Bubinga and also some waterfall bubinga. The waterfall I used for drawer fronts on my workbench and the mattress base of the walnut glider/cradle that I made.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-20-2009 06:42 AM

With that much you could laminate an anigre plywood. It would be sort of high quality like birch plywood :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-20-2009 06:43 AM

That looks great. Will your funiture project also use MDF as the substrate? Do you see a difference between using MDF and 1/2” Baltic Birch?

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 06:50 AM

Wow, very nice. If I ever look to veneer something, I’ll definitely grab some of that anigre. It’s beautiful and looking through ebay it’s very affordable stuff.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 08:33 AM

Never heard of anigre…but really nice stuff.

My tv test screen looks a lot like that…..nothing but wavy lines (lol).

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 11-20-2009 01:29 PM

Great job on the veneering. I’ll have to check out ebay myself for veneer.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 06:17 PM

Karson you used waterfall bubinga on your workbench? WOW you must really have a surplus. How about sending some my way. I’ll help you get rid of it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 11-20-2009 06:19 PM

If I had used Baltic Birch, I’d have a lighter panel, but also a lighter wallet. The MDF is perfectly fine.

-- Gerry,

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#13 posted 11-21-2009 12:07 AM

Very nice job Gerry! I also made the veneer press from and love it! I’m currently working on a project with pomele sapele and am struggling with a finish. My problem is the open pores of the sapele and if/how to fill them. Did you have that consideration with anigre

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