Recently I purchased an old side table, which I totally fell in love with:
After removing an ad hoc shelf that was nailed to the bottom cross brace, sanding it down a bit, regluing a few joints, and tightening some of the bolts underneath, I felt like it was quite beautiful indeed. But the veneer on the top was wearing thin in a few spots:
So, of course, I go to my veneers planning on putting something over top of it (after I sand the rest of the old off of course)
Thing is, I don’t really have much that will match it perfectly, and don’t really feel like spending a fair amount purchasing veneer specifically for this project. But I can’t decide on what to use.
So here’s a few pictures of the veneers I have available for use, and I’m simply asking for opinions on what might be the best veneer visually with this simple table.
Veneer 5 different layout:
Veneer 6 (good old sapelle, which I have obscene amounts of):
The other question is about what sort of finish you might think would look best: I want to stick with what I have stock on, so there’s wipe on poly in semigloss and satin, BLO, and butcher’s wax….
Or I can just sand a little and leave it rather plain jane, which is appealing.
In short, the problem that I’m facing is that I just can’t really decide.
Also, I have another table (kind of a KD piece), which I figure I might just strip and veneer. Not crazy about working on top of knotty pine, but I figure if I fill the knots a little bit, give it a nice cleaning for adherence, I might be able to just go nuts, and play around with different veneers and arrangements.
Since I primarily work on plywood when veneering, advice on working directly on such a wood would be also helpful.
Here’s a bonus pic of that little project and an idea for veneer arrangement I already and thinking up:
and a closeup:
Thank you in advance for all your help.