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post #1 of 3 Old 09-22-2015, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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How is this veneer laid out?

Hi, I am about to build this media cabinet but I am pretty sure that I will not be able to find any walnut plywood that looks this nice.

So I'm going to try to find some good looking veneer. What I need to know is what cut this walnut veneer is, flat, rift, etc. and how the veneer is laid out. I believe that it is flat cut and book matched and butted, but I am not positive about that. Could somebody that knows more about this than me answer these questions and if you can ( i'm not sure if the form rules allow you to suggest online stores) possibly suggest a online company that has veneer that's this high quality?

Thank you, eawoodlee
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-22-2015, 08:04 AM
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Go to Certainly Wood and look at their Walnut veneers. You'll probably find that cut easily and then can bookmatch as you said.


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Walnut plywood is readily available from suppliers to cabinet shops but you won't find it or be able to order it through most big boxes or standard lumber yards. The grain is called plain sliced, veneers were sawed from boards, not rotary cut from a log like construction plywood, and the slices are matched. 3/4" plain sliced walnut plywood will go close to $100/sheet. Veneering is quite complicated and involves far more than gluing on some veneer.

In most of the US there are architectural cabinet shops. The general public doesn't know that they are there, they don't do residential work, no kitchens, they typically do all the banks, hospitals, government buildings, schools and other institutional work you normally see around your town or in your travels. Most of these shops are hidden in an industrial area, no signage. These cabinet shops need large quantities of plywood, hardwood and other supplies. The suppliers are similar, they don't deal with the general public, you can't go to most of their yards since they are B to B only and they don't allow non employees into the work area, with some exceptions. Look in your yellow pages for Architectural woodworking or millwork shops. Call and ask where they get their plywood. You'll be surprised what exists under the radar unless you are in the boonies.

You don't have your location listed. For difalkner in LA, there is Specialty Millwork and Casework in Shreveport, probably a couple others.
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