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Forum topic by sarahss posted 08-18-2011 03:34 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2011 03:34 PM

I want to try and make some small veneered boxes as Christmas gifts this year, and wondered—what do people attach the veneer to? Do you use poplar or something like that or MDF? What do you use and why did you select that substrate?

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 03:43 PM

It depends on the size of the items being veneered. For smaller items like boxes I will usually use a good hardwood, 1/4 sawn. You have to remember the substrate will move and could potentionally ruin the veneer. Also remember you have to veneer both sides. The larger panels I will use MDF. MDF is flat, smooth and very stable. Both sides of the MDF also need to be veneered.

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 04:15 PM

Hi Sarah, I use a good piece of lumber that is straight grained without knots. I don’t know that species is particularly important, but I would avoid lumber that tends to react more violently with environmental changes such as willow. I have noticed much of the old stuff from the golden age of furniture production had it laid over ply material. However for boxes I think a straight grained piece of Poplar, hardwood or pine would work. I would concentrate on knot free straight grain. You could probably use MDF but I prefer natural woods myself.
Good luck

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 05:14 PM

I made a couple veneered Christmas gifts last year and I used 1/4” MDF panels to veneer to. I did veneer both sides and I think they turned out fairly well.

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 06:20 PM

Thanks, guys—I’ll hopefully give it a shot soon to have stuff ready for xmas. Still pretty busy laying engineered flooring. BTW Terry—that pecan sure is pretty all jointed and planed. Thank your friend again for me.

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