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Forum topic by bhacksaw posted 07-23-2014 09:26 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bhacksaw

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07-23-2014 09:26 PM

I’m trying to keep my bed build to as low a budget as possible. I have three tall and three short panels I’d like to veneer. I’ve read quite often that panels should be veneered on both the front. My question is: can I go with a cheap veneer on the unseen sides of the panels or do I have to match the species?


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Ger21

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 09:48 PM

You can use any species on the back. Veneer sellers often have low cost veneer specifically for use on the backside of panels.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 11:03 PM

definitely go cheap if it won’t show. The need to veneer the back side is to offset the uneven forces on the wood caused by the glue drying from the edges toward the center. If that force is only on one side of the wood, it can cause the substrate to bow… veneering the back side at the same time (with anything) evens out the pressure on both sides.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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bhacksaw

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 05:27 PM

Thanks, found a 4’x8’ roll for $50 on veneersupplies.com

It’s a great site, but very easy to lose a day in. They have pictures of every sheet or lot of veneer they sell. I got about 2 hours of “real” work done at the office thanks to this site!

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bonesbr549

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 05:55 PM

Great supplier! I get my supplies bags,glue, vaneer, even my kit to make my press. He’s a great guy and its a good company.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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bhacksaw

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#5 posted 07-24-2014 08:37 PM

Yeah, he got back to me quickly about a question I asked. I told him what I thought of his site and he was very grateful.

On a related topic, I recently watched George at WWGOA use an iron-on approach to veneering (paint glue on veneer and substrate, let dry to touch, position veneer, and iron away!). Would this method be viable for an 18×40 panel? And how about on a smaller 18×15 panel using burl veneer?

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Ger21

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#6 posted 07-24-2014 10:36 PM

I ironed on a 6’x5’ L shaped desktop.

My recommendation is two put on one coat of glue, let dry, then put on another coat. And let the second coat dry several hours.
When you iron, start from the center, and work your way out. As you start to iron, the veneer will shrink as the moisture from the glue dries up. It’s easy to get splitting from the veneer shrinking.
I also like a lot of glue, as it minimizes dry spots.
Veneering in a vacuum bag is a much better option, but ironing can work.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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