wood veneer

wood veneersVeneer book matching is the most frequently used method for matching wood veneer. It is accomplished by turning every other veneer leaf over, and arranging it such that the grain opens at the spine, similar to the pages in a book. This gives a mirrored effect in every adjacent leaf, thus the name “book matching.”

To make this even clearer, picture this: book matched is called that because the veneers are opened from the flitch (a longitudinal cut from the trunk of a tree), much like the pages of a book; this creates a symmetrical pattern and a series of pairs with maximum grain continuity. Half heart bundles or crotches can be split in the middle and booked over for a perfect-mirrored cathedral match. Other veneers with a wilder grain pattern can create bigger dramatic pictures with all sorts of interesting designs. A fun way to test the final picture is to hold a mirror at the “spine or cut” line and move it around to simulate a Continue Reading…

black wood veneersWhether for classy clothing, sleek cars or dramatic home décor, black is a classic that never goes out of style. Its sophistication and elegance is timeless, with the added advantage of going with practically anything. One of the hot style trends gaining popularity in home design today is the use of black wood veneers for standout furniture and other features.

In and of itself, wood veneer is modern, beautiful and stylish. Whatever the space you’re creating, top quality wood veneers will introduce a strong sense of luxury and an appealing organic feel to your home. There’s just something about the look and texture of a natural wood veneer that can’t be beat.

In addition to the myriad array of beautiful browns, tempting tans and gorgeous greys shades available, savvy home decorators are Continue Reading…

FSC-certifiedEnvironmental consciousness has reached a point where people and international organizations desire to monitor the production and harvesting of wood products, including the source of raw materials for plywood and wood veneer. One way to do this is to use certified wood products.

As more forests become certified, there will be a natural transition to buy wood products with the appropriate labeling. Wood veneer does not go bad, and some very unusual logs are kept for special projects for many years. Some of these veneers were cut before the certifying bodies existed. These veneers are called legacy woods; they are a valuable resource and may actually increase in value.

Some countries, like Switzerland and Norway, already practiced sustainability and good forest management years before certification existed. As well, many timbers are harvested sensibly, but the individual landowners or farmers cannot afford the cost of certification. A wood that does not have a certificate does not mean that is was harvested unsustainably.

However, a consumer or project manager may want to have a certificate of sustainability. The following 3 primary certifying bodies represent 12% of Continue Reading…

Many people automatically think that anything made out of solid wood is preferable and superior to other materials, such as wood veneer or plywood. Although solid wood certainly is ideal for some projects, there are also instances when wood veneers are far more appropriate.

Why Veneer is More Practical and Effective for Some Projects

  • Stability – wood veneersWood veneer panels are stable and have less risk of warping in comparison to solid wood that could become deformed due to humidity or other extreme conditions. Wood veneer is glued to a secure material, such as particle board, plywood, or MDF (medium density fiberboard) so it does not split or warp like solid wood. Note that there should be a veneer backer on the reverse side of the veneered material to ensure that it is stable. This backer ( also called a balanced back) should correspond in thickness and specie to the face veneer.
  • Sequence – Ability – Due to the thinness of the veneer the pattern changes very slightly from one sheet to the next, allowing a repetition of a pattern over a large surface area. This is also called sequence matched numbered panels, commonly referred to as Continue Reading…

wood defectsWood displays endlessly varied markings and characteristics that make each piece even more naturally attractive and appealing. Like the old adage about snowflakes, no two logs are exactly alike.

This means that whatever you choose to enhance with the matchless beauty of high quality wood veneer, from architectural interiors to virtuosic violins, you can be sure that the natural wood material you are using is one of a kind.

Wood Defects Spell Character Galore

First we need to distinguish between naturally occurring defects and manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects like thick thin sheets, big splits, deep knife marks, large holes, mold or some blue stain may have happened in the slicing and manufacturing process. These are the not desirable defects! Naturally occurring defects or beauty marks are the desirable qualities and here are Continue Reading…

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