Suggestions for working with salvaged veneer panels?

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Forum topic by rwde posted 01-12-2012 04:30 AM 852 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2012 04:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer panels mdf

My office building is renovating the lobby, going from large dark wood paneling to a lighter, more updated look. I’ve managed to acquire a number of the panels that have been taken down, at exactly the right price (free). They are panels that seem to have an mdf-type core, with one very pretty veneer surface that looks like mahogany and, in some cases, a plywood back. Panel sizes range from 3 foot squares to 4×8 feet. Looks like some attached to the lobby walls with french cleats.

Any suggestions for working with this material? I have not yet cut into it, but I am a little concerned that the core material may fragment a little, and that there may be some tearout in the veneer. I would think finer-toothed blades, and going slow, are the way to go here, but I welcome suggestions.



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#1 posted 01-12-2012 05:16 AM

I would use a SHARP 40 tooth or higher blade with a zero clearance insert, and saw with the veneer side up. A quality blade will make a noticable difference. The Freud Diablos from HD have served me well and are not expensive.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 05:16 PM

blue tape on the face of any cross cuts wouldnt do any harm either

-- nelson woodcrafters

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