Semi-precious wood – what should I do?
I’ve just come across an interesting find – pieces of quilted mahogany that were intended as bookmatched guitar tops. If, upon sawing the blank open, the match was not perfect, the pair was tossed in a scrap pile. I bought the lot – around 60 pieces for $45 ($1 a pound). They are of a useful size for door panels, and are nominally 1/4″ thick. However, the backs are straight from the bandsaw (the fronts were sanded), and the actual thickness varies quite a bit, even in an individual piece.
I want to use these for door panels, and was considering using a thickness sander to bring them to a uniform 1/8″ thickness, and then face-laminating them to 1/4″ ply. What do you think?
1. Should I sand them thinner than 1/8″ ?
2. Should I go to the expense of using Baltic Birch ply to improve stability?
3. What glue would you use?
4. I don’t have a veneer press. Clamps, or splurge for a vacuum bag? I have a compressor.
Thanks in advance!