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Old 01-20-2015, 04:43 PM   #1  
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Default Where Can I Find Wood Veneer for Diecutting?

I'm looking for some thin wood veneer that I can diecut in my Bigshot. I know SU! used to sell sheets but they've been discontinued for a while. I want to make wooden plant tags with the new Handpicked framelits so they stand up to a season's worth of watering but are eventually biodegradable.
And the kicker is that I'm in Canada, and need a Canadian source since the loonie is so low...
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OMG I can't believe you asked this - I need the same thing! Subbing!
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Just looked online- looks like Lowe's has it. I know I've seen it in home improvement stores before, and had crafty thoughts about it.
Lowe's:Shop Wood Veneer & Edging at Lowes.com!
I assume in Canada it would also be available at the same type of store?
Also Amazon has veneer.
I did a Google search for wood veneer, lots of answers.
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I work a lot in wood. I really into doll house miniatures. Wood is as important to me as paper.

I buy my different widths of Balsa Wood at Lowe's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby & Hobby stores that deal in miniatures or models.

I know your in Canada so I don't think you have a Hobby Lobby. That's my favorite place to buy Balsa Wood. I know from my miniaturists forums and blogs that a lot of the Canadians by Balsa wood and veneers at the Hobby stores like Hobby Town. I think you have Hobby Town or it's name is similar.

I hope that helps.
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I got these:

http://www.amazon.com/Barc-Cherry-Ad...er+wood+sheets

and just die cut some rustic hearts for a Valentine mini book. Cut beautifully!
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Thanks so much everyone for all the helpful suggestions. I can always count on folks here at splitcoast whenever I have a crafty question- this place is way better than google!

I checked out the Canadian online stores for Home Depot and Amazon, and did find some wood veneer sheets and rolls, and balsa wood. All very expensive, so I think my next move is to check out our local woodworking hobby shop- thanks DeeAnne, for reminding me of the balsa wood used in miniatures. They should have some there.

My next question, I suppose, is what thickness of wood have people found best for diecutting with their Bigshots? I'd like these plant tags to have some sturdiness to them, but I don't want to bust my Bigshot. Thanks again for all your advice!
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Simon Says Stamp also carries wood veneer sheets. They are not too expensive and come in 8 1/2 x 11 size. I have ordered many times (& I am in Canada) and have had no problems with them.
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The veneer paper sheets cut "like buttah" I'm not sure about balsa wood — I personally would not use that in my Big Shot unless it was very very thin, and I was using a steel rule die.
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I got veneer from FranticStamper and I bought balsa wood on eBay. HTH.
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I have cut balsa wood in my Big Kick, with steel dies and didn't have any problems. The wood is less 1/4 thick. I made wooden tags. You do need to cut with the grain of the wood. My brother builds large motorized airplanes with balsa wood and I used his scraps.
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I got a collection of veneer pages from an architects' firm which was cleaning out old samples. Decorators, paint and hardware stores are other resources which may be happy to give away outdated samples of a variety of things. It helps to know someone who works for one of these places. I find it amazing what almost any company throws away at one time or another.
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as silly as this seems... someone, somewhere.... uses the cedar grilling planks that she bought on Amazon.... I can't remember which ones right now... but remember her saying they worked really well.... What an great way to get the real look of wood....
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Honestly, I think you will be hard pressed to find wood sheets that will stand up to a year's use and will cut with dies unless they are steel rule dies. And I believe Framelets are not. I assume they need to withstand a year's watering because they will be in the soil. Maybe try making tags that attach to Popsicle sticks somehow? I know when I've seen natural wood plant tags they soak up water and get pretty nasty pretty quick. By adding a tag to a Popsicle stick, maybe with a brad, you could replace the Popsicle sticks as they get yucky. I'd suggest you seal the wood but then it won't biodegrade like you want.

The other option is to cut more than one sheet of veneer and glue them together. I'd try a cabinet makers and see if they have off cuts but don't try to put too much thickness through with a thin die. You will just wreck your Machine.

I wouldn't recommend Simon Says veneer; although lovely, it is much too thin and is also paper backed. I have some and it isn't any thicker than Cardstock even with the paper backing.
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Thanks for all the info! I too was just contemplating some wood veneer. I got some once from Creative Imaginations but they have gone under so I was wondering where I might try next. I just ordered a Cricut Explore and read it could cut wood veneer so I am thinking that will be way better for my mixed media stuff than constantly buying pre-cut stuff!
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If your heart is not set on die cutting the markers, you could use tongue depressors. They last pretty long---not sure they would biodegrade soon even. If they didn't, they could be reused.
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What about the veneer from a woodworking store like Rockler.

Rockler - Search Results for wood veneer
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I got several sheets from Joann's online. I got the cherry pattern. It's a paper thin layer of real wood on a backer. They have one that has adhesive and one that does not. They die cut perfectly. I use them for sentiments so the sheets last a long time. I think I got them when they were on sale and paid less than $2 apiece per 9X12 or thereabouts sized sheets. Wouldn't be economical for big projects though.
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