A few years ago when I was making my entertainment unit using pine veneered onto MDF (at the time it was what I could afford, and meant I didn’t have to do massive amounts of joinery to get the large panels I needed). At that stage, the company I used (Australian Wood Panels) had an impressive array of veneered panels you could choose from – jarrah, blackwood, walnut, pine etc etc – about 10-15 different timbers.
It seems in recent times they are now primarily limited to raw MDF and ply (and melamine), and you have to order in the veneered panels (I’m talking about 1200×2400 veneers, not something you can do in the shed with a vacuum bag, or an iron!)
If anyone knows where a decent range of veneered panels on different cores can still be sourced, I’m sure there will be people interested in knowing.
An old photo of the entertainment unit from years ago – at least 6 years ago, if not more. The unit wasn’t completed in this photo – still had the doors to go (all raised panel for the 4 lower ones, and glass for the 2 display cabinets) (and I don’t think I ever took a photo of the unit completed). It is now scattered around the house – the two side modules are still there, but the TV when upgraded to a plasma no longer fitted, so the central module is now in a different room, and the TV itself is now in the shed! (Even the digital camera used is ancient – 0.3MP)
Boy, some of these photos go back! Back to the old shed days when I still had plenty of room in it! Triton Workcentre there in the foreground, GMC lathe in the background.
Back in the days before I had grass – the back yard was sand, and that’s my dingo asleep beside the blue rubbish bin. As you can see from this photo, I finished as I went, so areas that were going to be hard to get a decent finish on after assembly were pre-done. All finished with a jarrah stain and Ubeaut traditional wax. The sides, and shelves are pine veneered MDF, the fronts are solid pine (so I could rout detail into them, and for added strength for hinges etc. I mush have done a pretty good job of the build as the cabinets are still going strong.