Anyone here ever buy wood veneers online and have them shipped?
I've got a project that I'd like to get started on some time soon but I'm having a hard time locating some of the material. The material list calls for using some extra thick 1/16" Red Oak veneer. I need to laminate it and make some 1-1/4" thick bent wood legs. I've got a number of places locally that sell veneer, but they're mostly 10 mil paper backed stuff. Some is 20 mil but even that is very thin. I'm thinking about using Birch instead of Red Oak for the project. The 3/4" ply I need for the bulk of the job is virtually the same price and I like the look of the Birch. I have a local source that says he can get me 4x8 sheets of 1/8" Birch "bending plywood" for about $30. I'm thinking about trying that. I do have some 1/8" Baltic Birch ply that I cut some 1-1/2" strips and clamped them into my bending jig. It works, but they're pretty stiff and I only bent three of them and I'll need 10 for the 1-1/4" thickness I need. I'm concerned that they will want to spring back after taking it out of the form, even after the glue has set up.
There is an online source (where the resource guide listed the material used for the original) which is certainlywood.com. I'm wondering how they ship larger/longer quantities of veneer. Can they roll it and put it in a large tube? It certainly can't be sent flat if the lengths are around 8' or so. If you've ordered heavier veneer like this in a larger size piece, how did they ship it?
Thanks in advance for any input.
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