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Subject:
My sad tale of quartered cherry
Response To:
Re: blotching ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
Years ago there was a veneer mill in Knoxville. I could buy the "backer boards" for next to nothing. They would be about 5/4 and perfectly quartered center slice of the log. Could not sell it in cherry. Nobody wanted that figure in cherry. Thousands of bdft of it was burned. Today the cants are mounted different and the backer boards are not useful for anything I have thought of-too thin.

They veneered white pine. Never could figure out how they sliced through knots so smoothly. The logs are steamed to soften them but I doubt the knots softened. (Hence, all the walnut veneer you buy is "steamed walnut") These backer boards were about 8/4 and we sold a lot of it.

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