I have about 200 bf of cherry in the basement and as I am considering various projects to use it on, the following thought came to me...yet I need some experienced reactions before proceeding.
Instead of machining up 3/4 boards of cherry could I not take a 1/2 MDF and laminate a 1/4(+) resaw of the cherry to it? Edge treatments would obviously have to be taken into account in the design, but what about non-obvious concerns with this approach:
- what about the cherry expansion/shrinkage? you must glue it over the entire surface, yes?
- what about joinery? Perhaps the laminate would only be used for "large area" pieces (such as tops and side panels), with narrower pieces being full cherry.
- what other considerations might apply?
I assume this is a time honored technique, but I have never attempted it, and so far some searches have gotten me a lot of furniture sites with ads but no "how-tos".
Thanks for any ideas.