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Greetings all

Well I need some hardwood 'trim' to dress up a box/unit indoors, 'no problem' thinks I - I'll go online and order some par wood, cut/finish/fit and job done with minimal agro. 'wont cost much' was also a phrase wanding round my empty head at the same time, small sizes fairly thin...

So off round the net I go, got some rosewood furniture in the next room - I'll get some of that... a boring browse round shows nobody has any online, 'maybe some walnut then' that should look ok with a dark stain and some semi gloss varnish... 'thats a bit steep, sapele's cheeper I think' well you can guess the rest #-o

Being a lifelong bodger and softwood or salvage timber user I have had very little call to be buying nice bits of hardwood, the prices for what I consider small stupid bits was a bit of a haddock to the face :)

So using a veneer on some plywood is the new 'idea', most of the trim I wanted was to be simple flat profiles anyhow - anything else can be done away with. I have some 4mm ply hanging round and have seen some suitable veneers online, can anybody see why I shouldnt have a go with this?

(For an idea of size the bits I need are roughly 4"x28")

Your thoughts are welcome...
 

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Nothing wrong with veneering plywood, its a good base. Have you tried your local double glazing companies. They often have scrap hardwood frames they are happy to get rid of.
 

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Hi

Had a bit of a dig though the garage and found some bits of door frame that are 'hardwood' - what wood it is exactly I dont know (think off the shelf external frame from builders merchant) :duno:

But before I start ripping that down I think I want to have a go at veneering this plywood, havent tried it before but I will have a go. Not sure if I should try some of the ready glued stuff or go the whole hog and get some seperate glue etc

Any thoughts?
 

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You will need to veneer both sides or it will bend.

You need a flat bed (thick MDF) something to take up any variations in the veneer/ply such as a piece of old blanket, waxed paper to prevent the glue overspill sticking on both sides, so the sandwich is;

MDF
Blanket
Paper
Veneer
Ply
Veneer
Paper
Blanket
MDF

And lots of weight on top

Andy
 
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