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Need Help with Storing and Sorting Advice for Massive Amount Exotic Veneer10/6
I recently bought a few pallets of Very Exotic Veneers from an International Custom Jet Manufacturer.
I am.worried about how to properly store it while I decide what to do with it.
Many pieces are 4x8. Many are 3x8 .. the sizes are varied. There are several types I can't identify.
I have literally have thousands of square feet and need a bit of help identifying and help in how I should sort and store the m all.
Store it flat in a climate controlled room.
I read somewhere to seal it in plastics to help retain the woods moisture.
Also, there is no way I can use this much veneer.
I am.planning on doing modern custom kitchen cabinets.
Once I am done. Is there a good source to sell or trade the remaining veneer. There will literally be hundreds of full sheets left over and I do not think I would have the expertise or patience to sell this in small lots.
Looks like you have some Pommelle Sapele in the bottom picture and a little of the same on the top picture, along with possibly some Qtr Sapele (could be Makore), but most of what I see there look like 2-ply Poplar backs. I don't know what's on the face side.
The Sapele has oxidized from the looks of it, but is probably still useable.
Personally, I would keep them flat and in complete darkness. Also wrap them in plastic to keep moisture transfer to a minimum.
Those are all two ply skins (from what I can see) so that actually greatly helps your cause. Veneer is much more stable in 2-ply form, than single ply.
Put them face to face, wrap them in plastic, put them someplace of our any direct light and they should be good (as good as they are now) for quite some time (years).
Yes I believe you are correct about the 2 ply.
The photo you see in original post have two have nearly identical color, but there are dramatic difference in the grains of each.
The ones I am wanting for my kitchen are called Chocolate Oak. Most are two-ply but then there are quite a bit of them are much thicker and appear to be one solid veneer. Or the same neneer is being used as the second ply with alternating grain. But exactly same color on both sides. But much much thicker.
I want to sort them all out into types, but I am not sure how many cheesy are two many to out into one lot for storage?
Is 40 sheets to many?
And there are a lot of odd sheet sizes and am not sure how or if I need to separate them out into their own piles as well??
Dang phone auto correct sure makes me write some silly stuff
The only limitation I would put into how you store them, is how much do you want to dig through to find what you are looking for later. I would identify all of them and label the bundle before wrapping up and putting away.
Never heard of "chocolate Oak", but I wonder if that is "English Brown Oak" (a gorgeous veneer for sure).
Where are you located, if not too far, I might help you identify everything (I've been in the veneer business for close to 40 years) in exchange for a few pieces of nice two ply for a future project.
Palletized, labeled and preferably in a humidity controlled environment.
I would only use plastic on burl and crotch veneers myself.
Pallet covered with corrugated with the same for the top. Banding them will help keep the veneer flat.
You may want to put similar colored species together in one pallet if you don't have a large number of sheets of each species.
You could also offer it for sale to some of the veneer houses if you don't think you are going to use it all.
I guess I am a bit overwhelmed. There are at least 200 sheets around the 4x8 size and hundreds more of smaller ones of all types of sizes.
I guess I will start with the obvious and simply sort them by type and size and then place each type in between 2 sheets of mdf and then wrap them in plastic mattress bags I have.
I will take some photos of each type.
I think What I am really hoping for, is to find someone willing to exchange some labor in building me some mid-century style kitchen cabinets for some of the veneer....;)
Not sure Arkansas is large enough to find someone capable and willing to work on such a deal..
not a very good photo. But this is the chocolate oak and I really like it and would love to do all of my cabinet doors in it with the grain being horizontal and full face concealed hinges, similar to this style.
That chocolate oak is not oak at all. It's a reconstituted veneer. Maybe you already know that? I think you will find that most furniture makers usually buy just the veneer they need for a project. Buying veneer on the idea of making something someday will result in veneer that is still sitting on the shelf 30 years latter. I know from personal experience.