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I'm trying to make a lamp shade with veneer that is transparent enough to allow light to penetrate. I've tried a couple of species - Walnut and Wattle, without success, it's either too thick or too dense to let light through. Can you recommend a species/thickness/backing that would be suitable for this?
The best suggestion would be to request a maple or birch veneer with a white backer. That will allow the light to shine through the veneer.