Would you Veneer over birch? or just stain and call it done?

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 02-06-2012 09:46 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2012 09:46 PM

Hi guys,

This last weekend I scored a really nice 54” round dining table. It’s got a black painted surface. It’s top is planks of Chinese Birch. (yea it’s made in China :( ). I am considering stripping the black finish off and refinishing the top. One finish I am considering is a veneer. Just wondering if the birch is stable enough for a good veneer surface?

The store I got it from normally sells this table for 2K, it’s made by Kincaid furniture. I contacted Kincaid to find out the type wood on the top. To say that I got this table for a steal is an understatment. It was such a low price I have no problem investing into it to make it nicer than the standard black finish.

For those that don’t know, I tend to go out and find BARGIN priced high quality furnishings and bring them up to a new level of quality. I buy real cheap and that way I can renew and save a fortune.

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So to Veneer or stain and refinish.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 11:24 PM

No personal experience doing that, but from what I’ve read the best way to apply veneer to solid wood is by applying it to both sides in two layers, with the first layer applied crossgrain to the core, and the second veneer layer running in the same grain direction as the core.

Unless you want to go to that much trouble, I would just stain the birch.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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