I’ve done it again, “Yep, yeah, no, that won’t be a problem, leave it with me, it’ll be class”. I’m now having reservations about the double pedestal, D ended, extending table in American black walnut I’ve been commissioned to make.
I know its like eating an elephant, you can only do it a piece at a time – and I’m ok with everything on this project apart from the table top. At 42”x 96” extended, I am not confident that solid walnut will stay straight, there’s also a burr inlay to form a border which I’m concerned about not shrinking/expanding with a solid top of this size.
So I am proposing to veneer onto a sheet of 3/4” birch ply, top and bottom, with a solid edging.
The big question that I hope you can help me with is what thickness veneer will work? I am thinking 100 – 120mm strips, 2.5mm thick that I can do on my trusty HC260 planer. Reasoning behind this is that I’ll have a good finished thickness of 24mm, I won’t be able to sand thru it, and it gives a generous margin for error for putting in the inlay.
As a precaution I am going to prepare the veneer strips and leave them two weeks before gluing down.
Does the above sound right to any you or should I just admit defeat?
any advice would be much appreciated.