wood veneer

hickory cabinetsHickory is one of the hardest and strongest woods available and is particularly noted for its durability and impact resistance. These factors make it an excellent choice for cabinets, panels and surfaces in high traffic areas of your home or office.

Hickory is renowned for the strong and striking contrast between its pale sapwood and pinkish to brown heartwood. Interior decorators often highlight this attractive contrast to create a dramatic effect and to bring particular warmth into your kitchen and other living areas.

Hickory can be either rustic or clear. Hickory rustic grade might have knots, bird-peck and color streaks while the clear grade would have a uniform color with tight growth rings and very little contrast.

Wood Veneers vs. Solid Lumber

Wood veneer has a number of distinct advantages over solid lumber, which should be taken into account when decorating your home or Continue Reading…

Birds Eye Bar
Birdseye is a distinctive and intriguing pattern resembling small swirling eyes in the grain of wood. It occurs naturally in a several types of wood, but predominantly in sugar maple (Acer saccharum).

Birdseye patterns can vary in shape from round to oval to a streaky raindrop form. The small oblong ones are commonly referred to as “rice eyes” and the larger or contrastier eyes that have a shadow or halo around them are called “whale eyes”.
The spacing also varies a great deal from tree to tree, making each unique. There are several unproven theories on how the Birdseye phenomenon occurs. One is Bird Peck or fungus. Another theory is when sap starts to run in the spring , the sudden alternating thawing and freezing of this sap could cause indentations in the grain.  Scientists are still at a loss to fully explain just how these fascinating characteristics occur.

The birdseye occur radially and to take advantage of this characteristic the logs are mostly sliced on a rotary lathe. In production a score line is cut lengthwise into the log, preferably where there is a defect or less eye concentration, like that the consecutive sheets can be assembled in sequence.

The Appeal of Birdseye Maple

Birds Eye ShowcaseBirdseye maple is a magnificent and beautiful wood which is also very rare, occurring in less than 0.1% of all sugar maple trees. Maple is a very hard wood and Continue Reading…

Tockerund Bog Oak Kitchen

Cabinetry by: Houser House
Interior Design by: Tokerud & Co.

Bog oak has become quite a popular choice for wood veneer use. The fact that this wood has so much history, in the sense of time involved in its creation, gives it an additional fascination factor for many.

Bog oak is a term used for a type of oak that has been buried inside a peat bog or gravel pit for centuries. The bogs or gravel pits keep the wood protected from decay due to their anaerobic environmental conditions (basically meaning, without air).

The medium to dark brown to jet black color of the wood comes from the acidic water containing tannins, which gives the wood a special rich look. The color can be solid or have a gradual or abrupt change Continue Reading…

wood veneerThe wood of the European walnut (Juglans regia) has a gorgeous iridescent appearance and is in high demand. Even as a relatively costly type of wood, many discerning craftsmen and architects use it for its bold statement. Wood veneer made from European walnut is commonly used for interiors, paneling, cabinetry, and various furniture pieces.

Invaluable Info about European Walnut

Fully-grown walnut trees are beautiful, with large, heavy-leaved foliage and wide-spreading branches. The leaves have a rich and Continue Reading…

wood veneerThe word “teak” was derived from the Malayalam word “thekku” and in Bengali, India, is called “segun.” Tectona grandis is the scientific name of teak, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family of wood. Teak is a big, flower-bearing deciduous tree found in mixed hardwood forests. Its flowers are white and fragrant, and its leaves are almost flimsy in texture. Freshly milled teak wood often smells like leather.

Teak is grown mainly in tropical countries, with the primary producer of teak veneer and other teak wood products being Indonesia. Other countries where teak is naturally grown are Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, India and Malaysia. Africa and several regions in the Caribbean also cultivate teak for furniture and luxury products.

Uses and Properties of Teak Wood

Teak wood is valued not only for its good looks, but also for its incredible durability. The natural oils it produces make it resistant to Continue Reading…

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