Veneer _is_ plywood. Don't sweat it. 8-)
Using plywood is perfectly acceptable for a large flat surface, and it
makes movement a lot easier to handle.
Now for $4,000, maybe there's a question about the fitnes of ply....
By studying traditional Chinese furniture design. They had a climate
that gave a lot of trouble with this, and they did it in a way that's
both entirely different and considerably more sophisticated than
Western styles (and did it all several hundred years earlier). Chinese
joinery is incredible stuff - absolutely no fear of complexity, and
beautiful workmanship too. I don't even begin to understand it, but
if you ever have the chance, take a look at a good antique collection
_after_ you've read some cross-sectional drawings (because you'll
never see the joint lines otherwise).
MoFA in Boston have had good exhibitions.
Some, but it really is small enough to ignore on a table top.
yes when doing mitered bands around a table top like that, you need a stable
i don't know the real expansion rates for plywood, but it's very minimal for
entire sheet, (once completely dry) and you could do better with MDF,
a practical cabinetmaker would use what would work best, ply or MDF
is not really an issue with me, provided the under surface was attended to.
your not going for a museum quality reproduction ply is fine.
traditional chinese furniture can and will have blown out corners, sometimes
with the gaps filled in entirly with finish that someone has applied later.
Dover has a book on Chinese furniture that is pretty good, measured drawings
details on construction. the Chinese aesthetic cannot be denied but the
Japanese show the
most sensitivity to the material and being that way avoid all that flush
I am not sure ,I have not seen any [lumbercore ] around here foe some time
Again I suspect the outer frame is not solid wood but veneer arranged to
look like a separate frame on the same base as the panel it encloses..
If it is a true solid frame with mitered corners there is no way the corners
will not show evidence of wood movement . I say this having played around
with antiques for many years . It is my personal belief that wood over time
not only expands and contracts due primarily due to humidity changes and to
a lesser degree heat but overall has a tendancy to shrink over the years .
For instance take the back of an antique chest of drawers in particular a
back that consists of a series of thin boards arranged vertically ,I am
pretty certain when originally done the boards fitted perfectly . Now
replacing the boards and butting them to each other there will be a
remaining space of at least 3/8"
Getting back to the frame, antique frames always open at the inside corners
for the same reason as explained earlier ,the shrinkage being across the
frame grain and not in the direction of the miter. thats why I think the
frame is actually a veneered arrangement on the piece in question.
One question, at least in my mind , is the discovery of laquered items still
in perfect condition which were cargo of sunken Spanish gallions. If this is
true the laquer must have been a perfect "sealer" and and a very durable
finish to boot. I still do not think the laquer prevented wood movement in
this case obviously there was no change in humidity and probably there was
not much change in temperature ....mjh
Considering the known diversity of the nematodes, and also the level our
remaining ignorant I would not discount the possibility. I would only
suspect two different species, one for the lemon oil and one for the
paste wax. Throw in a sea squirt and you have cellulose sanding sealer
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