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post #1 of 2 Old 02-18-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Solid Vs Veneer best for radiator heat?

Hello woodworkers,

The layout of my living room requires I place a media cabinet 16 inches from a radiator.

My current furniture was veneer (not wood) and has been ruined by the heat causing the veneer to curl up and crack.

I plan to hire a custom furniture maker to build a quality cabinet.

In scouting various options, I've had conflicting advice. One person said a veneered case would be more stable and economical (this is a custom cabinet maker with a good reputation for quality work). One person (another custom furniture maker) said they would only do all solid wood in that situation. So I am confused and looking to get more opinions and what the majority opinion is.

A veneer piece is less money ($800 less), but I don't want to have to replace it again due to heat damage.

Advice please from woodworking experts? Spend +800 or go Veneer?
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When in dought use solid but wood on wood Veneer is just as good, just need to use the right glue an dont have it to close to the heat, even solid will move on you when it gets to close to to much heat. Heat will also miss with your finish to

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