What is wood veneer?
YES. it's real wood! Thin slices or veneers of wood are permanently bonded to a selection of backers to suit a variety of applications. Veneer sheets are book and sheet matched and surface sanded before leaving the factory so when you receive your veneer sheet it is ready for application and finishing. We offer a variety of wood species in either a 2' X 8' or a 4' X 8' size. Other species and sizes may be available by special order. Here is a glossary of some commonly used terms to help you understand the structure and appearance of veneer.
Heartwood - The non-active center of a tree usually distinguishable from the outer portion (sapwood) by it's darker color
Sapwood - The outer portion of the tree. As the tree grows, the inner layers of sapwood become heartwood. Sapwood is lighter in color than the inner heartwood.
Book Matched - A type of veneer match in which every other piece of veneer is turned over, or opened like the pages of a book during manufacturing. Please note that this is not a sequence or similar style and grain match.
Book Matched - The veneer face is applied to a 10 Mil paper backing
Wood Backer - The veneer face is applied to a whole piece cross grain wood backer. This creates a thick, solid veneer with a natural looking edge.
Grain - The direction, size, arrangement and appearance of the fibers in the veneer.
Veneer A thin sheet of wood, rotary cut, sliced, or sawed from a log, bolt, or flitch. Veneer may be referred to as a ply when assembled into a panel.
Installation of Wood Veneer
You may be asking.... Can I install this myself? YES! You can. Installation is simple and requires only a few basic tools.
Please click here to access our PDF Installation Guide for Wood Veneer.
I'm Confused-Rotary Cut, Flat Cut, What Does This Mean?
There are 5 principle cutting methods that are used to produce different visual effects from the wood species. Logs of the same species cut by different methods will produce veneers with an entirely different look.
Rotary Cut - In this cut, a log is mounted centrally in the lathe and turned against a razor-sharp blade, like unrolling a roll of paper. By following the log's angular growth rings, a multi-patterned grain is produced.
Flat or Plain Sliced - In this cut, the half log(flitch) is mounted with the heart side flay against the slicer and the slicing is done parallel to a line through the center of the log. This produces a distinct figure in the wood.
Quarter Sliced - In this cut, the quarter log(flitch) is sliced so that the growth rings of the log strike the knife at right angles producing a series of stripes in the wood.
Rift Cut-In this cut, various species of oak are sliced at an angle of about 15° off the quartered position. Oak cells radiate from the center of the log like spokes of a wheel. When sliced, the rift cut produces a combed grain effect.
Half Round Sliced-In this cut, segments(flitches) are mounted off-center to the latche. This results in a cut slightly across the annular growth rings which produces a flat cut veneer appearance.
Be Environmentally Responsible!
Veneer use stretches timber resources. The more veneer that is used, the fewer trees need be consumed. Timber resources are not just a source of livelihood today, but the livelihood of future generations.