Melamine Platens

IMG_6045The project going out to 360 Woodworking members this week is a contemporary cupboard with modular storage and a pair of veneered doors made from shop-cut veneer. It’s a project that’s been bouncing around in my head for some time.

The doors have a core of quartersawn pieces of mahogany with a veneer of a night-time skyline on the fronts and store-bought, wood-backed, striped mahogany veneer on the backs. I used yellow glue to lay up the panels and melamine boards as platens. The assembled sandwich was clamped together and allowed to dry.

The reason I describe this is to let you know that veneer work doesn’t need to be complicated, or be cut using a double-bevel technique. And you don’t need to run to the store to purchase your veneer or for special glues. Let’s take a step back from over-complicating most things woodworking and take a look at easy and fun.


If you’d like to learn more about this project, become a member of 360 Woodworking at the Enthusiast or Fanatic levels – if you aren’t already signed up. All you need to do is click here and register.

— Glen D. Huey



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  1. Really looking forward to this project.
    Thanks a bunch.

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