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tonyH

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Working with veneer?
« on: January 18, 2023, 09:31:40 am »

Good Morning,
I've been building one of the below for r/c using odds and sods of timber I have hanging around. The deck is about 20"x7" and I've got some sheets of decent veneer that I can use as either sheet or planks. The plan is to use one sheet with the grain across the area, followed by a second sheet as planks, effectively 2-ply. So has anyone steamed/soaked veneer to take up the double curve of the deck and, if so, any hints? I reckon to use Cascamite.
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Re: Working with veneer?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2023, 10:27:36 am »

I think it is risky trying to get a sheet of veneer to conform with double curvature.  I have not tried it, but it might well be asking too much of the wood, however pliable you make it.  If it was me, I would plank in both directions, then you know you are going to get a properly shaped deck.
Of course, if you do that you will probably have to install some deck beams/stringers to support the first layer of planks, if they are not there already.

Greg

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Re: Working with veneer?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2023, 07:35:23 pm »

Depends what the wood is that you have in veneer. It needs to be a long grain fibrous flexible timber . I have an abundance left over from my last build  of 6mmx1.5 lime.  5mmx1.5  mahogany and 6mmx1.5mm walnut  also some 6mmx0.5mm lime all in 1000 mm lengths .   If you would like some of this free , PM me and we can discuss
  Personally would not recommend trying to get any commercial furniture veneer to conform to the a ships hull profile.

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Re: Working with veneer?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2023, 09:43:48 am »

Cheers for the kind offer Balders and for your warning Greg. I'm in a similar position to you B with enough mahogany strip, 1.5 ply, etc.etc. to do the job but I bought the veneer offcuts from Hobbies a couple of years ago with nothing particular in mind and I thought I'd experiment on this. Total cost so far is about 20.00 for a sail winch and a low profile servo so it doesn't owe me anything! Aside from that, if you need decent strip, try this lot. https://www.originalmarquetry.co.uk/ I hope they're still there because they were pretty good!
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