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Veneer?

Tony - Memphis
Too many folks get caught up in the minutia....veneer is technically:

ve·neer
vəˈnir/Submit
noun
1.
a thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material.
verb
1.
cover (something) with a decorative layer of fine wood.

Notice that there is NO mention of qualifying thickness!!!

So, yes, it IS veneering. I haven't tried what you are describing exactly. I normally do the same thing but have always used thicker wood just because. For something like claro where you might have a need to use thinner stock so you can replicate a pattern, then I would certainly go thinner. I would think that a heavy 3/16 or 1/4 would be ok. I have certainly seen other folks do that.

Good luck with your project. We'd love to see some pics. That claro can be some lovely stuff!

I have clamped many a panel with cauls made of mdf and melamine. I just used lots of clamps. On a long or wide surface, I might used a curved caul above the flat caul to make sure I had force in the middle. Sometimes, I use a piece of scrap veneer or a popsicle stick placed under the middle of the caul to force the issue. I think Barry mentioned making the veneer oversize - that is a good idea - things get real slippery and start moving - its a Murphy thing I believe! I use blue tape to tape the piece down before clamping -that helps a bit.

Tony

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