Is "veneer" a four letter word around here?

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Forum topic by JeffP posted 09-19-2015 09:54 PM 622 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2015 09:54 PM

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I have been soaking up both the wisdom and the opinion on this site for some time now.

Today I was rummaging around in my enclosed trailer for something I needed, and my eyes fell upon the rolled up sheet of paper-backed cherry veneer that has sadly been sitting rolled up in a large log in my non-environmentally-controlled trailer ever since I moved almost a year ago. I’m wondering if it is ruined after such bad treatment, but likely will not climb over 15 feet of junk to get to it for another year while I busy myself with other projects.

During that year, having modified my way of thinking from countless posts here and youtube videos by the hundreds, I find myself not really leaning in the direction of making anything that would have veneer as part of the design.

I got to wondering if the wisdom and opinions here have helped cause that shift? I have noticed that it is very rare to see anything here about veneer.

What is the prevailing opinion here regarding including veneer in one-off custom work (i.e. not production stuff like kitchen cabinets and the like, but rather more artisanal hand-crafted furniture.)

Is it looked down upon? Is it just a small step above making something out of particle board?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 09:59 PM

Hell no.

Look up Shipwright’s projects

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 10:04 PM

A quick search of the site (using the search box at the top of the page) results in ”About 8,740 results”, so it’s by no means an obscure topic.


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#3 posted 09-19-2015 10:11 PM

The knowledgeable guys used to talk about it a lot. Haven’t seen much about it in the last couple years.

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#4 posted 09-19-2015 10:20 PM

If there is no chance for it to be caught and chipped I have no issues with it.

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#5 posted 09-19-2015 10:51 PM

Thank you for the shout out Fridge.
In my opinion veneer opens up a multitude of options that just aren’t available (or affordable) in solid wood. That said, paper backed veneer is not of much use except for panel work as it is extremely thin.

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#6 posted 09-19-2015 10:53 PM

It’s a 6 letter word in my book. I have veneered 4 guitars and like how they turned out. I have no qualms with it.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#7 posted 09-19-2015 10:58 PM

Considering some of the finest furniture in the world uses veneer, no. There’s some effects that you just can’t get with solid wood.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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