Wanted: U-S based beech veneer source
Hi all . . .
I've got a project where I'll needing 4 sheets of beech veneer. Approximate size of each sheet would need to be in the 20" X 25" range. I'd like to get as thick as stock as possible . . . in the 1.5mm to 1/32" thickness range. I see products in this thickness range, but sheet sizes - length and width - are typically considerably smaller. I assume these thicker veneers are sliced from flat sections of thicker wood stock. Widths are usually around 6" and - on this project - I can get by with that, by edge gluing sheets along the grain lines. But, frustratingly, lengths only run around 18" . . . just a couple inches too short for my needs.
Alternately, I see super-thin sheets in the 2' X 8' and 4' X 8' range . . . certainly long and wide enough to be cut up into the sizes I'll need. I assume these products are cut radially (ie: spinning the log on a spindle and peeling it off.) This would end up working, but I'd like to be able to find it slightly thicker sheets that what is commonly available . . . or, more precisely, what I've been able to find after numerous web searches.
To avoid extraneous shipping costs, I'd prefer to deal with a U-S based vendor.
And this is retail, folks, not wholesale . . . I'd like around 30 square feet, not 30,000.
On a related note, perhaps someone can tell me how individuals veneers sheets are cut for, say, Baltic and Finnish birch plywood? They seem to be relatively thick (1.5mm, etc.) but appear to be uninterrupted (ie: not long and narrow edge-glued) sheets.
Any ideas, folks?
Thanks in advance . . .
Ben in Tucson