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Posted on Necessary to veneer both sides of a 1-1/2” thick laminated plywood substrate?

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 11:07 PM

Thank you all so much for your responses, I really appreciate it.
I agree with everything you all said. I completely understand wood movement in reference to veneer and plywood. I agree that veneer should indeed be applied to all sides. That being said, I also see how the second sheet of 3/4 ply could indeed act as a veneer itself considering it would be glued the same way as the top layer of walnut veneer.
However….begrudgingly I have decided to add a layer of cheap veneer to the underside of the bottom piece of substrate as an insurance policy.
Now, let me ask you all another question:
My client would prefer to have to table slightly distresssed looking. She doesn’t want it to look like a brand new piece bought from a factory showroom.
So, instead of applying the 7-1/4” wide X 32” long strips of Walnut veneer to a sold sheet of plywood, what about ripping the top layer of plywood into matching 7-1/4” X 32” pieces, glueing the veneer to them (top & bottom) and either glueing or cabinet screwing those individual veneered strips of plywood to the bottom piece of solid 3/4 ply? My thought in doing this is to create a “pieced together” effect to the tabletop as if it were built out of individual boards vs. glueing all of the veneer pieces to a single large piece of plywood giving it that typical smooth veneered look.
Do you think this would give me the effect I’m looking for or do you think this would just create a cluster of other problems?

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