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12-02-2019 10:15 PM

The last time I worked with white oak veneer I found it to be very fragile. I now have some plywood book shelves that I want to apply veneer to. I’m thinking about getting the white oak veneer with a paper back. However, I’m wondering about durability under the scuffing and rubbing of moving books around. I’m assuming that after soaking up the veneer glue, the paper will be plenty tough. Any opinions?


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#1 posted 12-02-2019 10:38 PM

The paperbacked veneer would be fine for what you want to do, but for just a few more bucks you can get a wood backer, it’s called wood on wood veneer. It will be a better product, and well worth the few extra bucks.

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#2 posted 12-03-2019 12:09 AM

Paper backed veneer will be fine be aware though it is very thin and cannot be sanded too much.
Otherwise as LRM suggested. either way you should get a good result.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-03-2019 12:47 AM

Yeh. The last WO veneer I used was extremely thin and it didn’t have any backing. Thanks. I am fore-warned.

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#4 posted 12-03-2019 03:19 AM

Should be fine. If you think they will see a lot of traffic you might consider a solid strip of wood for the front edges.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-03-2019 03:20 AM

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-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 12-03-2019 03:33 AM



Should be fine. If you think they will see a lot of traffic you might consider a solid strip of wood for the front edges.

- Andybb


Yes. They will have a 1” oak stiffener at the front edge. If I do it correctly, the top of the stiffener will be flush with the top surface of the veneer. So, the veneer edge will be protected.

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#7 posted 12-03-2019 05:10 AM

Just be very careful trimming the front edge flat with the veneer. Don’t know if there is a “correct” way but what I have started doing is just laying it face down on top of another sheet of veneer so the trim sits proud of the edge the thickness of that sheet on my table saw top and attach it. Then use a flush trim router bit. Every time I try to plane or sand it I screw up the veneer.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 12-03-2019 03:04 PM

Thanks for that idea. My plan is to rabbet the oak stiffener so that the 1/2” shelf plywood will set (glued) into the rabbet The top surface of the edge stiffener will be just proud of the veneer surface. Then I’ll use a flush trim bit to bring them level.

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#9 posted 12-03-2019 03:19 PM

Why are you looking for veneer then?
Why don’t you just buy the plywood with the white oak already laid up on it?

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#10 posted 12-03-2019 06:58 PM


Why are you looking for veneer then?
Why don t you just buy the plywood with the white oak already laid up on it?

- LeeRoyMan


I could do that. These are existing removable shelves (but not original), cut to size and shape, that are part of an old bookcase I’m restoring. Just making improvements to the shelves so they match the case. Even if I purchased oak plywood, I would still need to make the front edge. My OP was really about the paper backing. I’ve never used it before.

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#11 posted 12-03-2019 10:02 PM



Thanks for that idea. My plan is to rabbet the oak stiffener so that the 1/2” shelf plywood will set (glued) into the rabbet The top surface of the edge stiffener will be just proud of the veneer surface. Then I ll use a flush trim bit to bring them level.

- bilyo


Even better! Sounds like a plan.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 12-03-2019 10:21 PM

Put your front stiffener on, rout it flush with the shelf, then veneer over the shelf and the stiffener. Lot less chance of sanding through the veneer and it will hide the seam from the stiffener.
Even better! Sounds like a plan.

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