Solid wood? Or veneer

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Forum topic by kylecomeaux posted 02-03-2006 03:07 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2006 03:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: solid slab wood veneer solid wood cabinet doors warp tip

We all know that most furniture manufactures use wood veneer rather than solid wood for a number of known reasons. Although, you’ll still see independent designers/makers using solid wood sometimes in their pieces.

Is it wise to use solid wood for something like credenza doors and drawers (even drawer boxes), for example?
It would be terrible if they were to warp and not be able to open at some point.

When to use solid wood and when to veneer?

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 09:30 PM

Good question. Here is my logic.

If I am building something that I would otherwise buy for a couple hundred bucks, ply or veneer are fine. If you want to make something you would have bought for a couple thousand, then use better materials.

Neither should warp is dry and built properly.

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 10:17 PM

Or ….... if you want to make something you would have bought for many thousands then use good materials…. and then veneer them.
Veneer is not a bad word. Much of the finest furniture ever built is veneered.

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 10:18 PM

Take a look at Paul’s projects if you don’t believe him.

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 10:38 PM

So, using glued boards to make a solid wood swinging door on a cabinet would be safe overtime as far as warping and shrinking-expanding, etc.?

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 11:48 PM

Yes, if the wood is properly dried and cured. Keep in mind that all wood moves, you can’t eliminate this but with careful construction techniques and properly seasoned lumber you should be OK.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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