The Truth About Veneered Furniture - 10 Facts

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Inspired by a recent British television advert selling furniture with the catchphrase ‘Look no veneer’ experienced designer maker Jeremy Broun dispels the myth that veneered furniture is inferior to solid wood furniture and that it is a question of horses for courses. Prejudice is without knowledge. Some of the finest furniture ever made is veneered (alongside solid wood furniture) .
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21 Thoughts on “The Truth About Veneered Furniture – 10 Facts”

  • Interesting ! Picking up on your 10th Fact…we don't hear much about wood recycling? Every time I visit my council rubbish dump I'm always amazed at the amount of wood, and in particular wooden furniture, that people throw away into the 'general waste' skips…to landfill ??

  • Convincing arguments which will help in the conservation of solid wood. We'll run out of solid wood if we're not careful -after all, some people think it grows on trees.

  • Total newbie here:-> I bought an old Duncan Phyfe 3 legged table with metal thingies on the feet for $15.00. I started to lightly sand the top of it, hoping just to remove the shine of the veneer, thinking that it would look better if I added a fresh coat of satin stain, for adhesion, and because of a few light scratches on top. Was I correct to lightly sand, and I'll stain in a couple of days? Thank you!

  • Ten very well -put points. However, let us not forget that there are three types of veneers : 1) rolled (as used in plywood manufacture, 2) sliced, as you showed, and finally : 3) sawn, the most superior quality – very expensive I admit. The difference between sliced and sawn is that the sawn is dipped in boiling baths for hours or sometimes days before slicing. It's stiff, breakable, tinited pinkish, and has lost all it's mechanical qualities. The only compromise possible is to try to get hold of the thicker stock ; .9 whenever possible. Thanks for posting.

  • hmm, veneer at 3-6mm thick? A couple of years back i visited a custom furniture shop that produced pieces at astronomical prices (e.g.$25k for a coffee table). The finishing process was meticulous and the appearance was flawless. But the veneer was only 0.020 inches thick!

  • Great video, thanks. One of the benefits I like about veneer is you can create patterns which are difficult to achieve in solid timber.

  • A well presented video Jeremy.  You are so right about shoddy Victorian furniture and modern mass produced edgebanded work getting veneering a bad name. I hope this film gets a big audience.

  • my kid put tomatoes or pumpkins on a veneered table,the moisture lifted and bubbled the veneer.I tried an iron to flatten it but that didn't you know of a way to repair this ?

  • Awesome. Thanks. I'd love to see a similar discussion about particle board, both in terms of strength and durability, and the environmental issues you alluded to here.

  • Thanks I understand that veneer done well is going to produce nice pieces. I oppose the obsolescent and tacky veneer of Ikea which when left on the street bloats after a days rain unlike wood which has more durability.

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