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Forum topic by REB1 posted 02-03-2015 09:46 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2015 09:46 PM


First time poster here and I’d really appreciate the viewpoints of any woodworkers who use veneers.

I’ve had a long time love of grain matched wood veneers and after saving up for years, hired a cabinet maker to build kitchen cabinets for my family. Everyone told me veneer was a good, durable choice – and better than paint for kitchen cabinets. I’ve found the veneered cabinets I’d already owned to be very durable.

The quartersawn walnut is laid beautifully, but I’m concerned with the finish. There appears to be glue at the edges and the cabinets, which I have just started using, have many dents, scratches, and even dings that expose the lighter colored substrate. With the edges, the problems are where the edges of the veneer meet the solid wood edgebanding.

Is this something that can be fixed? Any suggestions for what I should tell the cabinetmaker?

I’ll attach some photos that try to show the issues with the edges, but the pics are admittedly hard to see. I’m more concerned with the durability than the glue, but am concerned that the cabinetmaker is just going to tell me to stop being so hard on the cabinets!

I researched and planned this kitchen for many months and am sick to think that the cabinets may only last a few years instead of the 10+ years I’d hoped for. Thanks so much in advance for any and all input.

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:39 PM

I’m hooked on Tung oil and cover it with Shellac or clear gloss poly.

-- I meant to do that!

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