Using Baltic Birch As Substrate


From original questioner:

Have a modern, full overlay slab door and drawer front kitchen to do. It will have a rift ash veneer, oriented horizontally down the whole run of about 25 feet. The client likes the idea of seeing the laminations of baltic birch on the edges of the doors and drawers. I like the idea of ordering the sheets of end matched veneered panels pressed on BB from my supplier, cutting out parts and sanding. My supplier has cautioned about the stability of BB. He says they do this all the time, but....

These are all base cabinets, the biggest panel is about 24 high x 20 wide. Would you worry too much about it? If a door were to really warp, I'd be hosed with the grain match to replace it.

From contributor Sc

Hi Jason,
I have tried to do what you are asking and found that even if the baltic sheet was relatively flat it becomes decidedly unflat in two directions as you break it down to rough door sizes. There is no such thing as flat veneer core any more, at least none I have found. I tend to use MDF for slab door veneering. Stays about the flatist when veneering.


From contributor Jo

I'd go with MDF and get edgeband that looks like Baltic Birch.

I know I'm late to the game...hope its not too late.

From contributor ja

I finally convinced the customer to trust me, and my veneer supplier. Going with MDF with 3mm ash edgebanding.
Thanks for the advice