I plan on doing my first veneer attempt with 22 mil. The reverse of the panels won’t be seen. I don’t want to use expensive veneer on those sides. What does everyone use on the inside panels? Is there something Oakwood sells for this application?
You can use a comparable but cheaper veneer for the backer to balance your panel. Many people will use maple or birch for a nice clean appearance.
In our experience we don’t find it necessary to use 22 mil veneer. 10 mil works just fine. If appearance isn’t an issue, you can even purchase “backer sheets” from Oakwood. These are “seconds” or lower grades which are defective in one way or another. They may be mismatched, damaged, sanded through or have other problems. Regardless of the flaws, these veneers are still nearly 100% useable. The one thing about the veneer backers is you can’t usually specify the species. You just have to take what’s available.
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