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While the risers could have also been replaced, Tom thought it would be easier and just as effective to apply a veneer over them to give them a cleaner look that matched the new treads. Tom applied a pressure backed 20 PSA red oak veneer, which is manufactured by Veneer Technologies (https://amzn.to/2ITqr9u). He ordered one 4’x8’ sheet for the whole set of stairs.
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Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Atlantic Plywood (http://atlanticplywood.com/).
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