I buy from B&B Rare Woods (Dave Bilger) and they are very good people to work with. Small shop so they don't always answer the phone if they're with a customer. I also buy from Certainly Wood and have had no problems with them. I've also bought from Joe Woodworker and he's a good person to deal with - fair and responsive. You can also get some veneer from eBay but it's probably not the best place if you're just getting started with veneer. You can get a pig in a poke if you're not careful, but you can also get veneer cheap if you shop carefully.
The veneer from woodworker's source is paper backed. While paper backed veneer has it's place, it's not the best for furniture. You should always use what's called "raw veneer" for furniture.
[Okay, someone may ask why you shouldn't use paper backed veneer:
1. The "veneer" (the wood) is VERY thin. It's very easy to sand through it.
2. The addition of the paper makes the total veneer too thick so you can't use it adjoining regular raw wood veneer because you can't sand the paper backed veneer down to the level of the raw wood veneer.
3. You can't bring the paper backed veneer out to an edge, even if you use a profile with a fingernail because the paper backing will show. If you do it, the paper will absorb the dye or finish differently than the wood and you'll have an obvious line where the paper is.
Normally, paper backed veneer is used in millwork applications where you use it like plastic laminate (in place of plastic laminate) and glue it down with contact cement.]
Last edited by Mike Henderson; 04-16-2012 at 05:56 PM.
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