Veneering Over a Solid-Wood Substrate
Thirty-year old rosewood gives life to a shapely coffee table
Synopsis: Tage Frid experimented with veneering over contrasting substrate and found some interesting design options. In a coffee table shown in this article, he removed the wood to expose a graduated portion of the substrate along its edge. He beveled the veneered tabletop and then bandsawed gentle curves along both sides and ends so that the maple substrate seems thinner in the center and wider at the ends. Frid says that some of the finest furniture ever made used veneers extensively, and they stand the test of time. He offers direction on how to position the veneer on the solid wood underneath, along with advice on gluing. Detailed drawings illustrate other tips, and pages of photos show how he took each step.
I’ve been experimenting with veneering over solid woods for a while and have discovered some interesting design possibilities. One of them, which I’ve used on the table shown…