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Forum topic by Ben posted 03-15-2010 06:11 AM 1543 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2010 06:11 AM

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I ran across a beautiful piece of curly cherry and picked it up. I don’t have quite enough to make it into a table top, so I am considering veneering it onto a piece of Baltic birch plywood. How thick can I make the cherry before I start having to worry about it shrinking and swelling? 1/4”? 1/2”?

Any experience would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-15-2010 06:19 AM

For a balanced panel you need to veneer both sides. They don’t have to both be the good stuff, just the same stuff, same Moisture Content, same glue, etc.

If you are sawing it, then get the resawn thickness down to whatever you can. Both sides should be the same.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 07:23 AM

1/8’’ or under I usually cut mine at 1/8’’ or just under and drum sand to even thickness usually just one pass per side usually ending at 3/32’‘

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 03:31 AM

I’ve read that 1/8” is as thick as you want to go.

-- Gerry,

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