In woodworking, veneer refers to thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 3 mm (1/8 inch), that typically are glued onto core panels

 

Veneer is obtained either by “peeling” the trunk of a tree or by slicing large rectangular blocks of wood known as flitches. The appearance of the grain and figure in wood comes from slicing through the growth rings of a tree and depends upon the angle at which the wood is sliced.

 

 

Types of Veneers

 

There are a few types of veneers available, each serving a particular purpose.

 

  • Raw veneer has no backing on it and can be used with either side facing up. It is important to note that the two sides will appear different when a finish has been applied, due to the cell structure of the wood.

  • Paper backed veneer is as the name suggests, veneers that are backed with paper. The advantage to this is it is available in large sizes, or sheets, as smaller pieces are joined together prior to adding the backing. This is helpful for users that do not wish to join smaller pieces of raw veneers together. This is also helpful when veneering curves and columns as the veneer is less likely to crack.

  • Phenolic backed veneer is less common and is used for composite, or manmade wood veneers. Due to concern for the natural resource, this is becoming more popular. It too has the advantage of being available in sheets, and is also less likely to crack when being used on curves.

  • Laid up veneer is raw veneer that has been joined together to make larger pieces. The process is time-consuming and requires great care, but is not difficult and requires no expensive tools or machinery. Veneers can be ordered through some companies already laid up to any size, shape or design.

  • Reconstituted veneer is made from fast-growing tropical species. Raw veneer is cut from a log, and dyed if necessary. Once dyed, the sheets are laminated together to form a block. The block is then sliced so that the edges of the laminated veneer become the “grain” of the reconstituted veneer.

  • Wood on Wood Also called 2-ply is a decorative wood veneer face with a utility grade wood backer applied at an opposing direction to the face veneer

 

 

Because of the insert properties of wood and the number of veneer sheets cut from any given log, variation in color and grain detail; variations will occur from sheet to sheet. This of course is a natural happening and is not considered a defect.

A natural maturing and mellowing of color can occur with age, which is part of the desired appearance of natural wood.

 

 

Dyed

 

  • Anigre Figured Lime
  • Anigre Figured Md Brown
  • Birch Orange
  • Eucalyptus Dyed Wine
  • Koto Dyed Emerald
  • Koto Dyed Red
  • Koto Dyed Royal Blue
  • Koto Dyed Salmon
  • Koto Dyed Silver Grey
  • Koto Dyed Yellow
  • Lacewood Dyed Lt Green
  • Lacewood Dyed Salmon
  • Maple Birdseye Dyed Grey
  • Maple Birdseye Golden
  • Moabi Pommele Dyed Grey
  • Movingue Dyed Fawn
  • Movingue Figured Grey
  • Sapele Pommele Dyed Chestnut
  • Sycamore Figured Lilac

 

 

Embella

 

  • Ambrosia Maple Crop
  • Ash Olive Burl
  • Bamboo Amber FLAT
  • Bubinga Waterfall Tif
  • Bubinga Waterfall Tif
  • Camphor Burl Final Stock
  • Carpathian
  • Cherry
  • Large Plank Composite
  • Crotch Mahogany Column
  • Turquoise Square
  • Prism Electric Blue
  • Eucalyptus Figured
  • Golden Madrona
  • Walnut French
  • Macassar Ebony
  • Maple Cluster Burl
  • Mappa Burl
  • Movingue
  • Mozambique
  • Rift White Oak Endgrain
  • Cypress Endgrain
  • Douglas Fur Endgrain web
  • Oak Burl
  • Ocean Burl
  • Pomele Sapele
  • Purple Haze
  • Qtrd Teak
  • Red Prism
  • Rosewood
  • Rosewood Brazilian
  • Sapele Qrtd
  • Smoked Eucalyptus
  • Walnut
  • Walnut V Narrow
  • Butcherblock
  • Composite Lite Barn
  • Rusticplank
  • Weathered
  • Weathered Planks

 

 

Natural Veneers

 

  • Afrormosia
  • Ash figured
  • Ash olive burl
  • Ash
  • Bamboo
  • Bubinga
  • carpathian burl
  • Cherry
  • EbonyMacassar
  • Eucalyptus Figured
  • karelian birch burl
  • lacewood
  • Madrona Golden
  • Mahogany
  • Makore
  • maple burl nat
  • Maple
  • mappa burl
  • movingue
  • Mozambique
  • Oak Red
  • Oak White
  • rose wood santos
  • Sapele
  • Sycamore Qfig
  • Teak Contrasty
  • Teak Golden
  • Walnut
  • WALNUTBURL
  • Wenge
  • zebrawood

 

 

Prefinished

 

  • Amazakoue Satin
  • Anigre Fig HiGls
  • Anigre Pore
  • Cherry Crown Matured Satin
  • Cherry Crown Matured
  • Cherry Matured Closed
  • Figured Makore Satin
  • Indian Apple Closed Pore Satin
  • Limed Smoked Walnut Crown
  • Mahogany Pom HiGls
  • Oak Crown Limed Textured Matte
  • Oak Crown
  • Oak Limed
  • Oak Sand Matt
  • Olive Ash
  • Pippy Oak
  • Rift Oak Grey Text
  • Rift Oak Haze
  • Rift Oak Onyx
  • Rift Oak Swamp Text Matt
  • Rift Oak Text Matt
  • Rift Oak
  • Sapele
  • Sapele Satin
  • Sawn Smoked Oak Limed
  • Smoked Oak Limed
  • Smoked Oak Sand
  • Smoked Sapele
  • Smoked Walnut Crown
  • Syc Crown
  • Walnut Crown Text Matt
  • Wenge Crown Sand Matt
  • Zebrano Rose
  • Zebrano Rose Text
  • Zebrano
  • Zebrano

 

 

Reconstituted

 

  • Birch Karelian Bur
  • Carpathian Elm Burl
  • Walnut
  • Ebony Light
  • Fineline Black
  • Fineline White
  • Macassar Ebony
  • Mahogany
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
  • Maple Ultra
  • Oak Dark
  • Oak Whitewash
  • Rosewood
  • Rosewood
  • Teak
  • Teak
  • Walnut
  • Wenge
  • White Oak Rift
  • White Tiger
  • Zebra

 

 

Vintero

 

  • Nim Cher Wenge
  • Nim Euro Oak Ash
  • Nim Sapele Syc
  • Nim Sapele Wenge
  • Nim Walnut Maple
  • Nim Zebra Wenge
  • Strat Class Cherry
  • Strat Classic Sapele
  • Strat Class Walnut
  • Strat Sapele Smok
  • Strat Sup Cherry
  • Strat Sup Sapele
  • Strat Sup Walnut