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Forum topic by aja6000 posted 07-11-2015 03:12 AM 655 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2015 03:12 AM

New to the forum here. I’m trimming out my living room windows and french doors w/ cherry, going w/ an arts and crafts style. The frieze is the large piece of wood (80×4 1/4×1 1/8) that lies flat over the top of the doorway. I was hoping to save some money by cheating that thickness by face-gluing a 3/4 piece of cherry to a 3/8 thick piece of alder, then cutting some thick cherry veneer (3/16) and applying it over the new edge that will face down towards the floor. Bad idea? Will it split w/ seasonal movement (I live in New Mexico)? Should I veneer that top (but unseen edge) as well to keep moisture equal (would is kiln dried)? If I can do it, should I cut side grain veneer (which would keep that board looking like a real board), or go with face grain? I’m also considering putting glue only on that thicker piece of cherry on the edge and not adhering it to the alder with glue. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 08:30 AM

I don’t think you’ll have any issues with it splitting due to wood movement, as long as the grain from both woods runs the same way.

I do have a suggestion on attaching the veneer though. In case you haven’t thought of it, I would attach the veneer to the sides like you would a return at the end of a run of chair moulding. Does that make sense? Basically you would miter the end of the frieze to a 45 and attach another tiny piece to “return” the trim to the wall. It won’t look like end grain, but I think it will look better. You could also do the same for the bottom, but I don’t think it’s as necessary and wouldn’t be as easy to get perfect.

Hope that helps.

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 09:25 PM

Aja, why not just buy some 1” MDF and laminate a piece of 1/8” cherry to the face and bottom, then do the ends as Joe suggested. It would also be a great excuse to buy a veneering set up. ;) HTH

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