Hardwood Plywood Veneer Thickness

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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 08-06-2014 05:26 PM 978 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2014 05:26 PM

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Hey everyone,

I have recently been making some pretty large pieces of furniture and find myself gluing up solid wood into tops all the time. Solid wood is great and all, but sometimes plywood just makes a ton more sense. I just got my latest FWW #242 and something on p. 34-35 caught my eye. The article shows a piece of 3/4” walnut plywood being used as a table top with solid edgebanding around it. What caught my eye was the thickness of the walnut veneer on the plywood. Most of the hardwood plywoods I have seen have a very thin veneer of the actual hardwood on the surface. The walnut veneer in these pictures was at least 1/16”, maybe more. I have always worried about sanding through veneer on plywood, but from the looks of the plywood in this article, you could dang near take a smooth plane to it and not go thru. Has anybody encountered thick veneer like this on any hardwood plywoods? If so, where did you get it and how was it denoted?


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#1 posted 08-06-2014 07:33 PM

Did the article actually say it was that thick or did it just look that thick? There is usually a thicker layer of core material under the hardwood surface with its grain oriented the same way as the surface and it can look like all one piece until close inspection.

Answer: No, I haven’t encountered anything like that.

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 03:13 AM

It didn’t say anything about it being that thick, but it sure as heck looks like it. Maybe it’s shopmade???

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