Veneer #1: Gathering starting material

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Blog entry by professor_x posted 03-22-2013 08:45 AM 1241 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After putting in 3 solid days of scouring the internet for places to buy exotic wood veneer in small quantities, I found that it would just be easier to make my own, provided I can find a rig that can cut such thin pieces of wood. I ended up buying pen blanks of the 3 woods I will potentially use: Gabon Ebony, Pink Ivory, and Purpleheart. I just ordered it so I will see how long this merchant takes to get me the wood, the shipping was almost as expensive as the pen blanks.

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 05:23 PM

Have you tried ebay? I just got some curly maple, african cedar pommele and quilted makore (last 2 have REALLY nice figuring) from an ebay store called “veneer from afar”. He combines shipping and prices are very reasonable. It was under $40 for 3 bookmatched sets, they probably averaged about 8-12” x 20” per leaf.

I havent veneered anything yet, but ive read alot of veneer (esp raw) can be dry & crack easily. The stuff I got is flexible and totally flat.

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 05:33 PM

I did look through ebay, I found 1 vender but he/she was out of the woods I wanted. I got the blanks on Monday the 25th, and the process of making it into veneer looks daunting. Thanks for the comment!

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