Soon I'm going to start working on a chest with frame and panel
construction. The frame will be red oak, and I have some really nice
walnut burl veneer for the panels. The largest panels will be around
10"x20". My intention for the panels is to use 1/4" oak plywood with
the oak facing inside the chest and the walnut veneer on the back
facing out. I know that to prevent warping the panel should be
veneered front and back, but is that something I should be worried
about with a full captured panel of this size?
If so, would an acceptable alternative to veneering both sides be to
plane off the back layer from the plywood and replacing it with the
I'd use unveneered ply and veneer both sides. This is cheaper than
buying ready veneered ply, and if you're going to veneer one side
yourself it's little extra work to do both at the same time.
2 plies on one side would be unbalanced and planing one of them off
sounds slower than putting them on from scratch. I'd happily use an
unbalanced panel like this if I only wanted to veneer the visible side,
but if you want both to look good, then do it right.
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I guess I should point out that I have some oak ply scraps looking for
a home. I have enough to do 3 of 7 panels, a quarter sheet would be
enough for the rest if I can find such a thing.
I don't have a local source for veneer, so by the time you factor in
shipping it gets expensive. Plus there's a couple dollars of glue
used up. Haven't tried pricing it all out.
Thanks guys, sounds like either way will work.
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