Thick Veneer from France...and other places #4: Completing the Inventory

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-18-2014 12:51 AM 2439 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I decided to make the change to thick (1/16” or 1.5mm) veneer for my marquetry I knew it was a big and expensive step. The first part was to establish an inventory of exotic sawn veneer from Les Fils de J George in Paris but that wasn’t the end of it.
Before I made that trip and purchased that material I was aware of the thick, albeit sliced, veneer available at Certainly Wood right here in North America. Their selection is not much in the exotics but very good in the basic domestic hardwoods and a few imports. With this in mind I concentrated on exotic species in Paris planning to fill out my palette with less expensive sliced material at a later date. These species would become the backgrounds for my exotic weighted marquetry.

Well today my inventory was filled out with the arrival of the following from Certainly Wood. Upon opening the 4’ X 20” package, the first thing that struck me was how big the pieces are. Most of this was in the ten foot range which I had cut down for shipping but the widths were the thing that caught my attention. The curly Maple is 19” at the widest and the Walnut is 16”. the others you can estimate but for a total outlay of under $400 I now have the ability to expand my horizons and start looking at bigger pieces ….. furniture rather than just pretty boxes.

I should add that the East Indian Laurel Burl is standard thin but I love the color and figure. I will back it with thinner material or double it if I use it with the 1.5mm stuff.

African Mahogany



Alder (mislabeled Maple ….. by me)


Cherry (mislabeled Alder …. by me)

Curly Maple


East Indian Laurel Burl

About the mislabeling, I was expecting some plain maple as well and as it looks similar to alder, I made the slip and followed it up by calling the cherry alder… What can I say? If they aren’t boat building woods, I’m not that good.

Now I am finally out of excuses and its “Damn the torpedoes” time…. Full speed ahead with the thick veneer era in my marquetry journey. ..... after I post the project I’m currently finishing up …...

Thanks for looking in.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 01:05 AM

we shall give the boat builder some latitude on his wood species he has more then proven his abilities on the chevy and has given enough eye candy to last a woodworker a long long time…;)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 01:08 AM

Pretty stuff Paul, I agree Certainly Wood has some great veneers. I picked up a pack of 1/16 MAKORE 4” to 9” X 123” long a number of years ago, I forgot all about them thanks for the reminder.

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 01:12 AM

Paul, Certainly Wood specifies their veneer thicknesses as standard 1/42” unless stated otherwise. Do you have to search through their listings to find the thicker material, or am I missing a page that lists these?

Also, do you have an address in Paris for Les Fils de George? Heading there relatively soon.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 01:14 AM

Found the Parisian address, Paul. Not too far from the city.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 01:26 AM

Beautiful veneers!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with them…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 01:33 AM

Hi Bob, I’ve missed you around here. Yes, Les Fils de J George is easy to get to, a short walk from the Gallieni metro station. At Certainly Wood’s site look for the “special thickness” page. It’s the bottom one on the veneer inventory page.
How’s your French?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 01:35 AM

Great looking wood. Bet that had you dancing a little jig ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 03:34 AM

You’ve got quite a score. Can’t wait to see it in its home. I like the boxes as much as the furniture.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 03-18-2014 04:06 AM

Hi Paul: looks like you’re building you own candy shop! Lovely selection!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 03-18-2014 06:39 AM


I really love the makore. We can hardly wait to see what fabulous projects you create with these!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 03-18-2014 08:47 AM

Some beautiful thick veneers there Paul. I can’t wait to see what you do with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 03-18-2014 10:15 AM

Waw Paul the locals are wonderful, and a steal in comparison to the premium prices for the (epic) sawn veneers from here! I can’t wait to see what you’re up to :D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 03-18-2014 12:34 PM

Nice Paul.
I have bought veneers from Certainly. They are really great guys to work with. I am still sticking with thin veneers for now.

It is so great to have a selection available. Thanks for the kick, I need to update my stock.

We got eight inches of snow yesterday. I bet you don’t miss that.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 03-18-2014 01:08 PM

I’ve been eying that site for awhile. They are just about 100 miles down the road from me and I put off ordering because I want to go see the veneers in person. I cant believe the prices on the sales & specials link and the the regular prices aren’t that bad either. Looks like you picked up some nice stuff, has your wife caught on to your addiction yet or do you just use the excuse that you need the new veneer for a specific project? :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 03-18-2014 01:44 PM

Well you have quite a selection of veneers in different colours and grains that should give you a artists pallet in wood that can only make a guy drool .
I can understand the cost difference between sawn and sliced veneers as the yield of sliced veneer from a log is much higher.
It would be helpful for you to explain the difference of the two types and your preference of sawn veneer .


-- Kiefer

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