how to save money on bentwood laminations (cores)?

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Forum topic by savan posted 02-11-2014 05:11 PM 869 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2014 05:11 PM

I’m going to attempt my first sheet lamination project and am wondering how I can same some money on the veneers.

I’m going to try to an Eames lounge knock off.

I’d like to use mahogany on the outsides but what’s a good way to pinch some pennies on the middle cores?

thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 11:38 PM

Are you asking what species to fill with?? try setting up a stable species for the center veneers, and then cut strips for just the edges.. the inner will be cheap and the outer 1 1/2”, or so, top, and bottom will be mahogany?? If I understand the project right… maybe a pic of the specific lounge?

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 12:09 AM

The original is 5 plys and the plys show:


plies close up

Currently they make it w/ 7.

I’m going for about a 1/2” total.

thanks for looking!

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 12:35 AM

You won’t be able to buy veneers that thick easily. You’ll
have to saw and thickness sand them. I have read in
a book you can buy 1/10” veneer though.

I fixed up an Eames lounge a couple of years ago. You will
not be able to duplicate the refinement in the hardware
and armrest upholstery easily. Making the shell parts
will require a vacuum bag press and even then you
may have to do some experimentation with core thicknesses
and glue to get the perfect edges the Eames is known for.
I believe they use a 2 part hydraulic press in the factory to
glue up the curved cores all at once, surface veneering after.

If you can accept the edge appearace, 3mmm Italian bending
plywood would be a good option. It is not expensive and is
rather flexible in one direction.

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 06:30 PM

That is more help? So are you still asking how to save money on the core veneers with the edge exposed? as in a mahogany cousin, or asking about core material that would work and could be dressed to look like mahogany on like mahogany on the edge? Or something else? To pinch pennies on the middle core I might start with loren’s suggestion, otherwise name what cheap is in your area, or that you found online, and maybe we can say if it is compatible. Cheap and available is a pretty regional thing and hard to answer out right. I might look for baltic birch veneers. They would bend well, be stable, and veneer well?

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