|Forum topic by nerdbot||posted 10-04-2015 09:22 PM||744 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
10-04-2015 09:22 PM
I’m building a pair of large interior frame and panel doors out of cherry, with cherry plywood for the panels. I think it was a misunderstanding on my part when I ordered the plywood – I asked for 4×8’ sheet of 1/2” cabinet grade cherry plywood and assumed both sides would look nice. I didn’t bother checking both sides of the plywood when it was delivered, the top side was nice bookmatched veneer. When I started on my project, I noticed the ‘B’ side was also cherry veneer, but no effort was put into book matching. It’s actually streaks of heartwood and sapwood down the the full 8’ length (see attached pictures).
I always planned on placing the “nicer” side out (the side most visible) and the other side will mostly only be seen by me (these are doors for my office). But I didn’t expect there to be such a large difference in the looks. I’m almost done milling and cutting my rails and stiles, so I need to find a solution to my panel problem pretty quick.
The way I see it, I have a few options.
1.) Cut my own ~1/8” cherry veneer from some stock I have leftover (and/or buy a bit more) and veneer that to the ‘B’ side. This would throw off the thickness of my panel quite a bit, so I’d need to readjust my plans, but thankfully I haven’t cut any of the joinery (mortise, tenons, grooves for panels, etc) yet.
2.) Buy some commercial veneer (the really thin kind) and veneer the panels. It will save time, and shouldn’t affect the thickness of my panels as dramatically, but I’ve never worked with commercial veneer before so I’d learning as I go.
3.) Try to stain just the sapwood to darken it up a bit to lessen the contrast before finishing the rest of the panel. I’ve never tried just staining sapwood before so I’m not sure how well that would turn out, or if it would even be effective in my case.
4.) Buy another sheet of plywood from a different supplier (assuming it’s nicely finished on both sides). I hear the other supplier in my town typically has better hardwood plywood, but they aren’t able to breakdown sheets for transport and they don’t have the most convenient hours. This means it will be difficult for me to borrow a friend’s truck to pick up a sheet.
For options 1.), 2.) and 3.) I’ll be cutting the panels to near final size before veneering so if I went the veneering option I wouldn’t have to veneer a full 4×8 sheet all at once.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!