Working with Commercial Veneers


Working with Commercial Veneers

Meeting Times
  1. 09/18/2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM



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Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


In this short introductory class, you will learn the basic steps of working with commercial veneers, which are available in an astonishing array of wood types. You can use the veneers in everything from furniture to craft projects.

These veneers are very thin — sometimes just 2/83" thick. Working with them is very different from working with standard lumber. For example, you will use a knife, rather than a saw, to cut pieces to size.

You will get hands-on practice in cutting and joining these veneers and will go home with an assembled sheet that you can later incorporate in a project such as a tray, tabletop or wall hanging.

The instructor will also give a brief overview about other aspects of working with commercial veneers, including where to order them and how to attach them to backing material in a project.


A $20 materials fee, included in the class fee, covers a variety of veneers to experiment with and a knife to cut the veneers. You can take the knife and any leftover veneers home with you.


Before the class begins, you must have completed Orientation to the Woodshop.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Ted Newman

Ted studied woodworking and has taught classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

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