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Forum topic by RickB posted 12-29-2011 06:20 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer cedar

My wife inherited an old cedar chest from a now-deceased great aunt. She is planning to fix it up with some help from me (talk about the blind leading the blind!).

Anyway, 4 sides and the bottom are made of cedar panels. Top looks like a poplar panel with a cedar veneer on the inside. The outside of the box was veneered, but it was in bad shape, so Wife removed the the veneer with heat gun, chisels, putty knife, belt sander, and elbow grease.

Now, I’ve heard that one needs to veneer both faces of a panel or ‘bad things’ will ensue. Yet on this box, except for the top, I do not see any ‘bad things’. Maybe the delamination and general “bad condition” is the bad things.

So, my question is this: do we need to/want to veneer both the outside and inside of the box, getting two faces veneered? Or, since it never had it before, will it be OK. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if we put an aromatic cedar on the inside, but it is an extra thing to do that I would like to avoid if possible.




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#1 posted 01-12-2012 08:32 PM

Either veneer both sides. A backer veneer is often called a “balance” veneer because it balances the number of layers on the plywood (counting outward from the center) or other substrate. Since you are adding a veneer layer to the face, you also need to add a veneer layer to the back side of the panel to prevent warping.

Backers are usually straight-grained hardwood veneers that are inexpensive and easy to work with. A balance veneer does not have to be a lesser grade veneer if the back of the panel will show. In that case, most craftsmen would choose to use a veneer of similar color, grain, and species. But when the back side of the panel will be unseen, a backer grade veneer is the way to complete the panel without spending a fortune.


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