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Forum topic by RocDoc posted 01-17-2021 05:22 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RocDoc

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01-17-2021 05:22 PM

Need some advice please.

I received my orders this morning from “demanding client”( wife) that the cabinet I was going to build in cherry, instead should be mahogany with “that nice pattern”.....translation crotch mahogany veneer.

I’m thinking a frame and panel construction, frame and rails and stiles of solid mahogany and the top with a large center veneer panel surrounded by a frame of solid mahogany.

Never veneered large panels before, only drawer fronts and I’m assuming I can use either a solid wood substrate like maple, or go to a plywood product. Don’t like the idea of building door front panels and the top with plywood, but this will be in a coastal New England home with large swings in humidity.

Thoughts .. other ideas?? Thanks in advance.


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 01-17-2021 05:39 PM

I pick and choose my clients. If they want something I don’t want to do I move on.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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CWWoodworking

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#2 posted 01-17-2021 05:50 PM

A sheet good substrate is a better options for veneer work. Why wouldn’t you use the best option available?

Use high end plywood substrate like garnica plywood.

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RocDoc

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#3 posted 01-17-2021 05:52 PM



I pick and choose my clients. If they want something I don t want to do I move on.

- AlaskaGuy

That would be very expensive for me…

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#4 posted 01-17-2021 05:53 PM



A sheet good substrate is a better options for veneer work. Why wouldn’t you use the best option available?

- CWWoodworking

OK cool – just never done it. So just a good grade plywood ?

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#5 posted 01-17-2021 05:58 PM



A sheet good substrate is a better options for veneer work. Why wouldn’t you use the best option available?

- CWWoodworking

Agree…

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#6 posted 01-17-2021 08:42 PM

Properly designed solid wood furniture has survived hundreds of years with its veneer and marquetry panels intact but good plywood certainly simplifies the job.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Robert

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#7 posted 01-17-2021 10:41 PM

Depending on how large the panels are, I might be be looking at a vacuum set up. Crotch veneer can be difficult to deal with, especially if its wavy you’ll need veneer softener.

Paul will tell us how, but as a hammer veneering newbie, I don’t now how you do a large panel without the glue drying too fast – put the substrate on heating pad maybe?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 01-17-2021 11:46 PM

Hammer veneering is certainly an option. How big is the panel?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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