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Forum topic by xylophage posted 03-12-2012 03:10 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2012 03:10 PM

Ok, so I have made some nice things in my day, but all were made out of solid wood. The only real experience i have with veneer, was with comercial veneer at a cabinet shop I worked at briefly. So a year ago I found an amazing pice of 8\4 quilted maple. I plan on using this wood for a desk. I was able to cut the leafs myself on my laguna bandsaw. Now, here is the part i could use some sage advice. I am not sure on how to sand them down to final thickness. I know i will have to rent some time on a wide belt sander. However, I have herd that they should be backed with MDF or plywood. I have also read that they do not need to be backed? I have about ten leafs to do that mesure 5’6” by 12”, and my final thickness should be around a lite 1/16”

Does anyone out there have any experience with this situation? Any advice would be awesome.

An advanced thank you to all that respond.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 11:56 PM

I have a drum sander and have sanded down to a little less than 1/8”. I’ve not tried going thinner, even though my sander will go down to the mat. I’m thinking if the wood gets to thin it may wrinkle up, going through the sander. Might be best to leave it a little thick and do a final sanding after you’ve glued it to the substrate.

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 04:23 PM

One thing you could do is use double stick tape and a piece of mdf and run them through the planer.

I made a vacuum sled for my planer. Its a box sealed tight. small holes on top and a hole for my shop vac. I’m struggling with how to insert that link. If you go to my projects page you’ll see what I’m talking about.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 05:19 PM

Joe knows veneering…

Nice guy, too. Very helpful.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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