Looking for very light colored veneer

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Forum topic by Robert posted 12-03-2020 03:46 PM 239 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2020 03:46 PM

I’ve looked at ash, maple but I’m looking for something really light colored for the inside of boxes.

Can I bleach it with oxalic acid or will that ruin the veneer?

Do you have a suggestion for a white colored veneer?

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#2 posted 12-03-2020 04:20 PM

Aspen or holley is nearly pure white and shows very little grain, if any.

The acid idea should not harm the veneer, at least given my limited experience with using it to remove stains on oak.

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#3 posted 12-03-2020 05:03 PM

Holly is whitest wood I know. Sycamore, Spruce, Aspen, and Obeche; are common in light tone veneers too.

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#4 posted 12-03-2020 05:43 PM

Birch varies some but some of it is whiter than Maple.

If you use oxalic acid solution it would probably be best to do it after the veneer has been glued down to reduce the chance of warping form the moisture. Obviously testing it first…

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#5 posted 12-03-2020 10:20 PM

Scroll down the page and look to see what defines what you see in your minds eye. Plenty of light woods tending to yellow, but for whiter looks some Aspen, and especially Holly will be your winners. Maples also have some that start quite white, just depends on the piece you have.

On the Ox Acid question I have never used it. So classic advice on anything done to finish applies. try it on some scrap first. It really is the only surefire way to determine what any one wood will do when you???

Probably all moot if you factor in years. It seems ALL wood that is light wants to yellow with time, no matter the treatment. Unless of course you remove any light from striking it.

If it has to be snow white, do a Google on how to make piano keys, they are pretty white. Usually wood with an ivory veneer, not sure what the ivory market looks like? Maybe they use a plastic today? Probably has to be a lower end on the piano market.

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#6 posted 12-03-2020 10:30 PM

They are just down the road from me, but I always forget about them, mostly because it costs $$$$$$$$$ just to breathe the air there. Expensive place. That said M Bohlke Veneers is a place to answer all your veneer questions. If they can’t hook you up, well they can get you what you desire, question is do you desire to pay their price?

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They have it separated by color schemes. LOL….

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