Sanding veneer leafs

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Blog entry by xylophage posted 03-12-2012 01:35 PM 6847 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 03-13-2012 12:28 AM

wondering why you need to sand them down that far? Can you adjust the dimensions of your build. Might stand up better over time? Check out Charles Neil’s site. he has even laminated both sides of an mdf core to give a piece stability

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 12:44 AM

Don’t go any thinner than you have to in order to get uniform thickness and one side clean enough to glue. Leave as much thickness as you can to finish sand after application to the substrate.
Remember, the only reason commercial veneer is so thin is economic. In the real world thicker is better.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 12:57 AM

Another problem with thin lamination is woood movement? If you laminate remem ber odd number of ply to maintain moisture equilibrium.

Wish I had some laminate like that.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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