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Veneering Raised Panel Doors
Making a raised panel with veneer, part
Veneered raised panels
Once removed from the bag, and all veneer tape has been removed, leave
the moisture escape for a couple days, while having the panels stickered on a flat surface. Then the faces can
be shaped, sanded, or filled, as needed.
One important thing to note when shapng panels, or boards: Always shape or
rout cross grain first. In the photo shown, it would be the top and botom of the door. The reason for this is
cross grain is far more likely to tear out sections of the wood or veneer. Any tear out on the ends of the
panels, (most likely area to tear), will be removed when you shape with the grain. Also, making shallow cuts is
a necessity. I don't know what would happen, were you to try to mold the edge in one pass, but I suspect you
wouldn't try it twice.
We also start the fininshing process prior to gluing up the stiles and rails.
This will prevent any color descrepencies, should there be any movement of the panel, within the fame. If these
doors were constructed out of solid wood, shrinkage would show the areas of the panels that weren't stained
prior to finishing. The third photo shows the back side of the door panel. Normally, this would have veneer on
it as well to help keep the panel from warping. Since this is a fixed panel and will be screwed on from the
back, it does not require backing veneer.
This is one of the few times a backing veneer is not required. In
almost all other instances, a backer veneer is required, although we would typically use a
lesser cost veneer, intead of a crotch veneer. (unless the client is willing to foot the cost, and really
insists upon it. (I'm not a big fan of using a rare veneer on the back of the door).
The fourth photo shows a stained panel, with a light coat of sealer. The sealer
was done since the stiles and rails will be stained slightly darker than the panels, and it will permit any stain
on the panel to be wiped off.
In the next installment we'll cover the installation of the finished
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