What I need
After my first small marquetry project and the ensuing smaller parts of leftover veneer sheets I can see a storage problem on it’s way already, much like the classic cutoffs we all struggle with in our shops. I’m therefore looking for efficient ways to store my veneers while taking into consideration preventing damage, maintaining proper moisture levels, flatness, identification and easy access.
Looking for ideas
If anyone has what they consider a good storage solution for veneers and you wish to share it I would be very interested in hearing from you.
My thoughts so far
I am very inexperienced with this, so please feel free to correct me if any of my ideas here are wrong.
- Some of the first packets I bought came packed in plastic as shown and others without. It seems to me that keeping the veneers packed in plastic will keep them from drying out.
- I have a small shop with limited drawer space. I have been thinking that perhaps file cabinet type storage might work well. The veneers could be kept in plastic envelopes (if that is a good idea) and stored vertically on edge. They could be kept flat (in theory) by being sandwiched between plywood platters with a locking device to keep the veneers under a little pressure.
- This type of system would allow indexing dividers with tabs showing the different species, etc. Access would be better than flat storage because a sheet or plastic envelope could be pulled out without disturbing the other veneers.
- The file system solution described above does not address the added problem of storing partially used packets which need to be stored for use at a later date and which I can see piling up pretty fast.
Thanks for any help you can give me on this.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.