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Bigkahunaranch

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09-01-2015 04:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer drawer front cherry

I am planing a six drawer chest with inset drawers.
I plan to veneer the drawer fronts with some Birdeye Cherry, then make the rest
of the carcass out of regular cherry.

My question involves what order to veneer the fronts ?

I am thinking it goes 1) back of drawer, 2) sides of drawer, 3) front of drawer ????
Is that correct ?

Thank you

Dave

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shipwright

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#1 posted 09-01-2015 08:06 AM

Are you referring to just the front piece of the drawer?
As in back of the front, edges of the front, and front of the front?
If the piece is cherry, I would just veneer the front and not the edges or back but I’m not really clear on your question.

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 01:17 PM

I assume from your question you’re venerring over plywood or another species, right?
Usually a drawer front is veneered over the same species of wood.

Paul M knows more than me, but if you are veneering over plywood I would reconsider because of concern for the edges coming loose. You could band the ply I guess, but to go through all that trouble, just use a lower grade cherry for the substrate?

Also, seems like cockbeading or some type of banding is often done to protect the edges of the veneer.

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Bigkahunaranch

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#3 posted 09-01-2015 01:44 PM

Sorry I wasnt clear enough.
I am talking about just veneering the drawer front piece only. It will be made out of
plywood. I could use a lower grade cherry, just worried about wood movement since the drawers are inset.
Here is a picture of the piece I plan to make.

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#4 posted 09-01-2015 02:33 PM

I made a small set of drawers and made the drawer front with plywood and edge banded it with walnut. Then put the veneer on the front and back.

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shipwright

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#5 posted 09-01-2015 02:59 PM

You could edge with thicker strips of cherry first and then veneer the front and back but you can also veneer right on the plywood edge. If you sand it well it will glue just as well as a solid surface, at least with HHG it does for me.
Still I think the thicker edging would be more durable.

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#6 posted 09-02-2015 01:05 AM

Applying thicker edging before veneering allows for a small chamfer on the corners without risk of cutting into the substrate.

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